What Makes Great Leaders?
Everyone has their own opinions on what a great leader is and what makes one.
When it comes to great leaders, we believe that it’s not how rich or popular one is, but rather how they reach out to others, how they stand up for what they believe in, and the character they have.
For although society often wishes to glorify and put on a pedestal those who have fame, wealth and power, it is often the ordinary, common, every day people they overlook, the underdogs in life so to speak that rise above to become some of the greatest leaders…
..making some of the most important changes and biggest differences in the world.
Leadership is a Habit That Requires Practice
It is probably fair to say that the argument over whether leaders are born or made has been settled. The fortune spent every year by organizations of all sorts and sizes on executive development is evidence enough for the idea that, while certain attributes of leadership may be genetic, much of what it takes to be a leader can be learned. However, that begs another question. How?
They’re Always Watching You as a Leader!
“People have to buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”— John Maxwell
Humans are tribal people. As much as we want to think of ourselves as individuals, we have an innate need to run with the pack. We follow leaders. We are constantly watching their words and actions.
And we are hardwired from an early age to look for inconsistency in behavior in those around us. In a recent training session with leaders, we were discussing the level of distraction all of us experience today.