‘A good leader’

PROVO, Utah — If there is one thing Janette Hales Beckham has learned after years of Church membership it is this: everyone takes turns being a leader.

"Today I am standing here and you are sitting there," said Sister Beckham, former Young Women general president, during the BYU Women's Leadership Conference March 5. "Tomorrow I will be sitting there and you will be standing here."

Speaking on Proverbs 31:31, "Let Her Own Works Praise Her," Sister Beckham addressed several attributes of a leader.

There are four attributes of a good leader, said Sister Beckham, quoting President Gordon B. Hinckley.

  • Practice conservation of time. “Remember, what you are doing now really matters,” she said. “Don’t be compulsive, but efficient and effective with your time. Because women, by their natures, are multi-task creatures, we have to train ourselves to concentrate and focus.”
  • Have an eye fixed on new developments.
  • “Always plan with a destination in mind,” she said. Quoting the late Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Quorum of the Twelve, she added, “Good information is an important companion to inspiration.”
  • Build on the strengths of colleagues and those around you.
  • “Brain storm with friends. Most work doesn’t take place in isolation.”
  • Starve your problems, feed your opportunities.
  • Sister Beckham told members of the audience to deal with problems as wisely as they can, then look forward to opportunities.

    "Leadership skills are not temporary," she said, adding they will serve members throughout their lives.