5 Core Ingredients of a Leader in Aging

5-ingredients-leadership(1)Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., an internationally-renown gerontologist, psychologist, educator, lecturer, consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 16 books on aging-related issues, cited “5 Core Ingredients” for leadership that are needed to work with an aging popoulation. Those “5 Core Ingredients” for an effective leader are to:

  1. Have a Forward-Facing Vision and Mission.  Be able to imagine how you would like things to be, have a plan to realize that vision, and know what work you and other need to do to realize your “compelling” vision.
  2. Present Airtight Content.  Know your facts, know what you do and don’t know.
  3. Be Able to Course Correct.  Be able and willing to adjust your vision when new data comes along.
  4. Have Mentors.
  5. Have a Strong Will and a Strong Heart.  Be resilient and able to cope with praise, as well as, criticism.

Ken Dychtwald was named the 2013 recipient of the American Society on Aging (ASA) Leadership Award. You may learn more about Ken’s cutting-edge work and read his blog at http://agewave.com/.

The ASA is the largest association of professionals in the field of aging and gerontology. To learn more about the ASA Leadership Institute please visit www.asaging.org/leader.

Andrea Weaver, Bridges Together’s Executive Director, will present at the ASA Annual Conference in March.  For more information, see the Bridges Together news.

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