Many people are interested in answering the question “what makes a great leader?”These are quotes taken from an article by Bill George,former chairman and CEO of Medtronic.As you will see many of the traits of leadership require a degree of self knowledge.Great leaders know themselves so that they can be themselves.
1.Authenticity “After years of studying leaders and their traits.I believe that leadership begins and ends with authenticity”
2.Desire to serve others“Authentic leaders genuinely desire others through their leadership.”Service is the yard stick of leadership.
3.Empowering people “They are more interested in empowering the people they lead than they are in power,money or prestige for themselves.”True leadership after the vision,the dream has been realized,the people can say they did it themselves.
4.Guided by heart,passion and compassion“They are as guided by qualities of the heart,by passion,and compassion,as they are by qualities of the minded.”
5.Recognise their shortcomings“Authentic leaders use their natural abilities,but they also recognize their shortcomings and work hard to overcome them.”They are not afraid to give others and themselves the room to try new things,be innovative and creative.
6.Lead with purpose“They lead with purpose,meaning and values.They connect with their followers in the heart,in mind and understanding as they advocate for the purpose.
7.Build enduring relationships“They build enduring relationships with people.”They understand the value of relational capital and its significance in leadership.
8.Clear where they stand“Others follow them because they know where they stand.”.
9.Refuse to compromise“when principles are tested they refuse to compromise”Leadership is about certain principles.They stand with you and themselves when you are right,in right and until when you are right.
10.Develop themselves “Authentic leaders are dedicated to developing themselves because they know that becoming a leader takes a lifetime of personal growth.”