What defines the greatest leaders?

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The greatest leaders often possess a combination of traits and abilities that enable them to inspire, motivate, and guide others effectively. Compare yourself to the qualities below and consider where you may need to develop.

Great leaders have a clear vision of the future and can articulate this in a compelling way. They inspire others to share their vision and work towards common goals…one Team!

Integrity is the foundation to effective leadership. Great leaders are honest, trustworthy, and ethical, leading by example and adhering to their principles even in the most challenging of situations.

Empathetic leaders understand the perspectives and feelings of those they lead. They listen actively, show compassion, and consider the well-being of their team members. It’s also critical for effective communication…essential for leadership. Great leaders communicate clearly, listen attentively, and adapt their communication style to different audiences and situations. Know your audience & know your style, and your means of communication!

Leadership often involves facing obstacles and setbacks. Great leaders demonstrate resilience by staying determined and focused even when in the face of adversity, bouncing back from failures, and inspiring others to do the same.

Great leaders are decisive and able to make tough decisions, even in uncertain or high-pressure circumstances. They weigh options carefully, seek input from others when necessary, and then take action where needed.

The ability to adapt to change is crucial for leadership in a rapidly changing world. Great leaders are flexible and open-minded, willing to adjust their strategies and approaches as circumstances change.

Rather than micromanaging, great leaders empower their team members to take ownership of their work and contribute their unique skills and talents. They provide support, guidance, and opportunities for growth and development.

Great leaders hold themselves and others accountable for their actions and outcomes. They take responsibility for mistakes, learn from them, and foster a culture of accountability within their organisation.

Perhaps most importantly…great leaders inspire and motivate others to achieve their full potential. They lead by example, instill confidence and enthusiasm, and create a sense of purpose and belonging within their team and the organisation.

“Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness,
but rather by the presence of clear strengths.”

John Peter Zenger