Leadership Assessment Inshal Usmani
What made Jack Layton a Leader?
What Actions did Jack Layton Take to show leadership?
What three traits did Jack Layton use from Nelson Mandela's 8 Lessons of Leadership
Courage is not the absence of fear-its inspiring others to move beyond it
The reason i think that Jack Layton applied this leadership style is because Jack Layton was going through some though times as leader of the New Demographic Party. He was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Layton) That is a very scary experience and would scare anyone. I'm sure this was a very scary and sad time for Jack Layton but he never showed it instead he said he would fight the cancer and it would not interfere with his duties as the leader of the New Demographic Party. Instead of showing fear he showed and talked about hope saying he would beat the cancer and other member in his family also got cancer in the past and had beaten it.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Layton) He was showing hope to his followers instead of fear. He also showed signs of hope and hid his fear in his letter to Canadians that he wrote before he passed away. In it he talked about how he believed in everyone and how he thinks that his party could continue his work without and in his letter he did not show sighs of fear anywhere. I'm sure death is a very scary experience he must be worried about how the party would perform without him and he must be upset that he wont be able to see his grand daughter grow up he hid all that in his letter and only talked about hope.
2. Lead From The Back-and let others believe they are in front
The Reason I think that Jack Layton applied this to his Leadership style is because Jack Layton did a lot of nice and Nobel things in his life that his followers would soon follow. A lot of people were very loyal and believed in everything he did that some of them would eventually start doing all the Nobel and nice things he did in his life. An example is that he was very environmentally friendly. Jack Layton use to ride his bike everywhere he went and turned his home into a model of renewable energy. He would champion for gay marriage and addressed the homeless problem in Canada.(http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/where-did-jack-layton-stand/) When one of his followers would see him performing all these Nobel acts he would without knowing it start applying them into his own life. This way Jack Layton was leading his follower into a direction without them knowing it was because of him.
3. Appearances matter-and remember to smile
I personally think that this is the trait that he applied most in his leadership style. When ever you would see Jack Layton in public or on a interview on t.v he would always be smiling, taking pictures with his supporters, shaking their hand, talking with them and of course smiling all the time.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGsdZRnaQiQ) If you look up any interview on Jack Layton you will see him in a good mood and he gave off positive energy. This is one of the most important trait for a leader to have so he can connect to his supporters.