What makes a leader, a leader? What makes a leader great?
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
Something I recently read on LinkedIn and that I wanted to share are the ’10 qualities of a great leader’:
“Leaders closer to the work can make quicker and more informed decisions based on data, research, best practices, and proximity to the customer.”
“Join your teams in the trenches to not only stay grounded in the realities of the business, but also to inspire them to unleash their passions and talents around a shared vision.”
“Being able to influence others without having direct authority is extremely important. Positive influence sparks motivation and engagement.”
“Leaders at all levels must incubate and incentivize creativity and innovation by supporting experimentation and learning, including the permission to fail.”
“Strong communication fosters alignment on activities, resources and priorities. It also promotes the sharing of results, insights and best practices across the organisation.”
- Problem solving
“Problem solving should be a continuous activity. Constantly challenge the status quo. Don’t approach problems linearly, but rather more expansively to realize a greater impact.”
“Transparency builds strong relationships, creates authenticity, engenders trust and drives higher levels of performance.”
“An adaptable leader must deal with unpredictable and changing situations with dexterity and confidence using strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.”
“Exuding empathy paired with active listening and humility will boost staff performance and morale.”
- Continuous learning
“Leaders must continuously acquire new knowledge, seek out best practices, sharpen skills and gain fresh perspectives.”
A great L.E.A.D.E.R. acronym is: Learn – Empower – Adapt – Delegate – Engage – Reflect