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Quick Question: What are the qualities of a good leader in the field of aging?
posted 11.06.2012

Last week we asked you what qualities you thought were important for a good leader in the field of aging. We got a lot of great responses, and here are a few of the perspectives that were shared:

Empathy, patience, understanding, able to delegate, good communication skills, resourceful, caring, and above all, a good sense of humor

Open minded; Forward Thinking; Problem Solver; Positive Attitude; Mentor and Coach

A person who is able to see and address what the aging population is currently going through and the vision of what it may go through in the future.

Knowledgeable about aging issues and best practices, honestly caring, passionate, committed to work toward impovements in the aging field. Shares knowledge with others and is a great team player and leads by example.

Thanks for all the great responses we received! At the inaugural class of ASA's Leadership Academy last year, Ken Dychtwald discussed many of these qualities, plus his own ideas about leadership in the field. You can read an excerpt from his presentation here:  The New Leadership Equation: Five Core Ingredients by Ken Dychtwald.

ASA is committed to helping the next generation of leaders in aging succeed. Visit our Leadership Center to learn more about our leadership development programs, including the new ASA Leadership Academy and our flagship program, New Ventures in Leadership. Registration is now open for both programs! We've also added a new seminar for alumni of either program.

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