Do you want to be part of a tired and complacent organization that’s just going through the motions? Or, one that strikes a chord? The image and message that an organization conveys is a function of its leaders. So what does it take to be a great leader?
Over the course of my career I have had the opportunity to be exposed to many different types of leaders, attend multiple leadership seminars, and even had access to an executive coach. My takeaways on what it takes to be a great leader can be summarized under the following three recurring themes.
Can you be trusted? This is determined by your level of integrity, authenticity and your ability to do the right thing. Loss of credibility is extremely difficult to overcome. Leaders who do the following are considered more trustworthy:
Are you qualified? Often taken for granted, the skill sets under this theme are the most difficult to acquire as they relate to intelligence, emotional IQ and experience. Fake it till you make it won’t get you very far. Here are some critical characteristics that will influence your level of competence:
Are you positively impacting others? Great leaders prefer building a longer table, not a taller fence. Caring for other’s wellbeing while remaining 100% committed to a clear common cause will result in a powerful call to action. Here are some attributes of an impactful leader:
In a nutshell, human nature is the most important thing to understand. If you are trustworthy, competent and positively impacting others, people will believe in you and follow you.