Tulsa Leaders’ Essays: Darren Gantz

There are many theories and perspectives regarding how leadership is developed.  Some people are natural born leaders and are very comfortable in this role.  However there are others who do not enjoy leadership roles.  Both of these perspectives are valid and it is vital for both political and business professionals to know which perspective they relate to when seeking to enter the workforce.  The workplace is designed in a manner as to have a purpose for all the different roles that people operate within.  Whether leader or follower each role has a function and a symbiotic relationship with one another.

Leader motives are driven in the beliefs of taking care of your client or customer’s needs.  Values of taking care of people first is the priority and making sure they understand what they are to do.  When this is accomplished, the client is made happy and business can continue and fulfill what is in my heart and that is doing unto others  I would like to them to do unto me.

I like the Keirsey Temperament Sorter “Guardian.”  I think we need more of them in leadership roles:  “Guardians” pride themselves on being dependable, helpful and hard-working.  Guardians make loyal mates, responsible parents and stabilizing leaders.  Guardians tend to be dutiful, cautious, humble and focused on credentials and traditions.  Guardians are concerned citizens who trust authority, join groups, seek security and prize gratitude.

Our city, county, state and nation need a vision.  Not a vision of more of the same but more conservatism and optimism.  We know we have problems. It is time to address them head on and focus on core functions.   In my perspective for 2016 (like any year), I see as a new beginning, redesign of what’s broken, a reboot or perhaps a do over.  Don’t resolute but be steadfast in forming a vision and mission for your life, government or company.  Be clear, flexible and realistic with yourself and others.  Love and learn more and be slower to anger.