Humility is what makes great leaders. – Louie Giglio
Paying attention to great leadership started for me at a young age when I decided to start collecting quotes. It dawned on me early on, if I wanted to be a great leader, I would have to be around people I could learn from. That is my advice for you too.
So, what makes a great leader?
Here’s what I’ve learned in my observations over time:
Leaders make no excuses about failures.
Blame is like driving around a cul-de-sac and expecting to get somewhere.
Leaders don’t cheat. Period.
Not on your spouse. Not on your taxes. Not on your golf game. Not on your expense report.
Leaders take time to think.
This is the time that is really easy to say, “I’ll catch up on that later.” We need time to be contemplative. We need to re-fill our tanks.
Leaders have a plan.
To be successful in anything, you’ve got to be intentional.
Leaders respect other people’s time.
Show up early. Be prepared. Don’t overbook yourself to the point that you can’t be successful.
Leaders celebrate success.
We need to applaud throughout the entire process – not just the end result.
Leaders are positive and surround themselves with inspiration.
Too many times people who are positive are accused of not being realists; that’s ridiculous. We must avoid the toxicity of negativity.
As you’ll hear, we didn’t get through all of the leadership characteristics in this podcast, so tune back in for part two of What Makes A Great Leader on the next episode.
Question: What qualities do you think it takes to make a great leader?