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The characteristics of a civil leader

Blog Action Day is more than a month away which gives me time to mull over what environmental action I’ll promote. I’m on alert for ideas.

The back page of the fall issue of Garden Talk from the Chicago Botanic Garden has an article ‘Conservation Starts Here’. The publication displays the certification symbol of the Forest Stewardship Council. Every part of the manufacturing process of producing that publication meets the standards for responsible forestry.

I looked for information about the Forest Stewardship Council. Their Web site, http://www.fscus.org, has a job announcement for a new president. This is one section of that announcement.

Successful Characteristics
a. Contagious drive and leadership skills with evidence of the ability to delegate, motivate others to action, and complete tasks
b. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to individuals representing various sectors, interests, and points of view
c. Articulate ”salesperson” with ability to clearly and persuasively communicate with diverse audiences including industry and businesses, media, environment, natural resource and social NGOs, foundations, individuals of high net worth
d. "Quick Study"
e. Politically astute, diplomatic, and charismatic
f. Keen awareness of self and others
g. Consensus-based and democratic leadership style; ability to work in a “servant leadership” style with the Board and stakeholders
h. Ability to network, cultivate and manage strong relationships, and function well within networks across many boundaries
i. Communications and listening skills with an ability to identify the relative importance of various ideas in FSC’s vision and put them into action.

Stamp civility across that description.

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Great list of Successful Characteristics to search for in any "new hire"! The characteristic that really caught my attention was the "servant leadership" style of job performance when dealing with Board or stakeholders. Would some job candidates with a dominant personality, be offended with the possibility of having to be in a "servile" position around the executives???