AAPG election is upon us, and now is the time for members to choose
their future leadership.
slate consists of those individuals selected by the Advisory Council
and approved by the Executive Committee, and two petition candidates.
(For the first time, electronic
balloting is available to the AAPG membership.) The candidates'
qualifications are listed on the ballot attachment as well as on
the internet and have been previously published in the EXPLORER.
In addition, each candidate has written an article for the EXPLORER
as to why they want to be a candidate.
take the time to
review the candidate qualifications and exercise your voting
defines a leader as one who rules, guides or inspires others; one
who conducts or leads, and one having the authority to direct.
organization, good leaders motivate and inspire employees or subordinates.
The dictatorial type of leader ("you gotta tell 'em style") can
have a successful company, but often has unhappy, uninspired employees.
situations may demand different leadership styles -- but leaders
must have respect from their subordinates, and this is only accomplished
by giving respect.
work under you should not work for you but with you toward a common
It is important
for the leader to establish the goal or vision (with the possible
input from the employee). If a leader has respect, the employees
will go the extra distance.
in his book How To Be a Productive Employee, suggests two
important rules for leaders:
Employees resent or reject anything that diminishes
self-esteem or the esteem of others.
are unique differences in individuals, and leaders should appreciate
that and make the most of them.
can provide motivation and inspiration in several ways. Motivation
is the real key to good supervision -- it is that which gives incentive
for action. Positive energy, attitude, optimism and commitment are
important. Good listening skills can help you understand what motivates
employees. Pride is a great motivator, and pride comes from satisfaction
of achievements and supervisor praise.
that motivate include salary, status (e.g., office, title, etc.),
fringe benefits (e.g., holidays and vacations, etc.), associations
(with top leaders or successful people) and challenges. People should
be rewarded for a job well done (this can range from a raise to
a pat on the back).
provide challenging, meaningful work. Motivation requires good leadership,
communication, trust and confidence, knowing the people you supervise
and backing the people you supervise. Good supervisors inspire employees
by expecting the most out of them, giving full credit where credit
is due, leading by example (i.e., "walk the talk"), listening carefully,
having implicit integrity, admitting errors and knowing how to delegate
of a team should feel wanted and appreciated. Give employees the
treatment they earn and deserve. They will be inspired to work harder
as a result. Treating people fairly means treating them differently!
must make decisions and be decisive. They should gather the facts,
solicit advice from employees and friends (i.e., their network)
and then make the decision. Advice taken can help a leader prevent
unnecessary mistakes. Employees loathe procrastinators!
must have vision and the courage to carry out the vision. Leadership
involves the risk of failure and the risk of opposition. Failure
is not fatal if you learn from it.
is something people are not born with but is developed through time.
Job experience leads to good communication skills (listening, speaking
and writing), sensitivity and respect for others, team building,
planning, organizing and decision-making skills. Leaders should
also solicit feedback from their employees ("How am I doing?" style)
(2002 Web-column) offers these suggestions for skillful leadership:
to be strong but not rude.
to be kind but not weak.
to be bold but not a bully.
to be humble but not timid.
proud but not arrogant.
humor without folly.
in realities and in truth!
and fun way to further develop leadership skills is via AAPG and
its leadership and committee positions. You not only expand your
network but learn valuable skills that should help you in your job.
leadership of AAPG is in your hands. Please take time to vote.