A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John Maxwell
In today’s podcast, Amanda and I continue our conversation answering the question: What makes a great leader?
Follow along with the leadership traits that we unpack today…
Leaders are lifelong learners.
You can’t expect to be a great leader unless you continue to learn from other great leaders. Guard against complacency.
Leaders are fanatics about handwritten notes.
Leaders have stationary and they use it to say thank you in a personal and meaningful way. Do it for others, but do it for you too.
Leaders recharge their batteries.
You have a responsibility to take care of yourself as a leader. Only you know what that thing is for you.
Leaders trust the people around them.
Believe the best in people, knowing and acknowledging that there will be times they disappoint you. But when you live in a world where you trust those around you, you’ll have so much impact and be so far ahead that little moments of disappointment become insignificant.
Leaders treat others with respect.
This applies to every leader at every level. Respect isn’t something just reserved for your boss or your ceo. Great leaders respect everyone.
Leaders make tough decisions.
In the end, leaders are hired to be the people that make the tough decisions. Sometimes one or two tough decisions that you are putting off as a leader are the very things holding you back and holding your organization back.
Leaders work backwards.
Begin with the end in mind. You have to know where you’re going, but you also have to put yourself in a position to adapt and overcome. Put the right resources together to get you to the ultimate end.
At the end of the day, we need to remember that leadership is a joy. Leadership is a blessing. As a leader, you have the ability to impact people who are openly trusting you to lead them. Embrace that. Lead well.
Question: What did we miss? What other qualities do you think are non-negotiable when it comes to great leadership?