How to lead like the greats! Listen here

Research shows that the top three leaders of all time are…
1.    Mahatma Gandhi… “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”.
2.    Martin Luther King Junior…” We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
3.    Nelson Mandela…””It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

There are numerous lists that can be found and other names feature in the top ten, but these three names regularly are “top of the pops”!

What are the traits of great Leaders?

  • A clear vision of what they want to achieve linked to the ability to communicate this to their teams and in such a way that “buy in” is achieved.
  • Drive, motivation and a positive attitude…a “can do mentality.”
  • Emotional intelligence and stability…balanced in their own behaviours and understanding their impact on others.
  • Confident and decisive. People like being around confident people and that make decisions in such a way that people believe in them.
  • A clear passion for the job. Enthusiastic and that spreads magic all around them
  • Focused and accountable…Knows what has to be done and keeps in tune with everything that has to happen, being brave and taking responsibility.
  • The ability to look inwards and self-reflect…always looking for new ways to self-develop.
  • Strong communicator…people understand what has to happen and want to be part of the journey.
  • Recognise people as individuals but know how to bring them together as a team.
  • Encourages individual ownership and understands how to empower.

Only by recognizing the key traits, can we reflect on ourselves and find ways to model excellence…even asking for feedback on our own strengths and weaknesses.

Leadership is a topic that we regularly deliver as a programme at Solution Focused, similarly we get asked to speak on the topic. If you need further information or a PowerPoint presentation relating to the latter, please contact

“Don’t follow the crowd…Let the crowd follow you.”
Margaret Thatcher