Do the words seem to ring true, by being relevant and realistic? Is there a needed goal that is aimed for and that the ideas aim to fulfill in a results - oriented manner? Does you leader understand that every action he takes (or avoids because he opts to procrastinate) has some sort of ramification that might have enormous impacts? It's not enough for a leader to solely have some sort of impact, but that it must be a desirable one! Constantly ask yourself, What is the dream that the idea hopes to address in a constructive manner? This must be approached and perform in a timely and organized manner, and thus a reliable, realistic and workable schedule must be both created and utilized. The purpose must be to develop something all stakeholders can count on and that supports them by reinforcing one's ideals and goals. One never truly leads unless the actions are prioritized for meaningful and desirable service. Don't overly pay attention to someone's rhetoric, but rather watch what they do (especially when they don't think others are watching)! Real leadership is about the quality of one's goals and the synergy with one's deeds! Unless a leader begins with clearcut goals, and then proactively and clearly articulates them to others, using a call to action combined with explaining why it is so important, and then proceeds in a timely manner (avoiding the deadly procrastination), and develops a timeline, with specified goals, assignments and reviews, he will never achieve anything of true significance. Every real leader must begin by asking himself repeatedly, "What is the goal? Why am I choosing to do it this way? When will it be achieved, and how?" Unfortunately, few individuals who only lead in name only, ever even consider these essential components. Every real leader must avoid the My way or the highway mindset, understanding that there are generally several alternatives and/ or approaches. He then will best be able to see and consider nearly every opportunity, while potentiating his possibilities of weighing the options, and then choosing what appears to be the best initial course of action (Plan A). However, this must include a willingness to thoroughly plan for contingencies (have a Backup Plan).