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What Makes A Great Leader? A Point that Most Leaders Miss!

What makes a great leader? (one point that most leaders miss!)Have you ever thought about what makes someone a great leader?

Is it charisma? Or rock solid self-confidence? Or maybe leadership is about seeing the big picture and being able to communicate this vision to other people?

If you think that this topic does not concern you, because your direct job responsibilities do not include leading other people, than think again.

Whether you want it or not, there will be times when you will have to lead other people. In fact, if you are a parent you are already a full-time role model, because your kids expect you to guide, support and inspire them (or at least that is what they should be doing).

Similar, if you ever want to get a job promotion, open your own business or become an authority in any field, then you will have to step up and become a leader. And not just a leader, but someone, who people respect, look up to and willingly follow.

Wouldn’t it be great if other people stopped questioning your decisions, pretending not to hear your requests or becoming defensive every time you ask them to do something?

Maybe you are already a great leader, but just in case take a look at the most important, yet rarely practiced leadership quality.

The truth about what makes a great leader.

Humility.

Say what? How can being humble help anyone become a better leader? We often ask this question, because we associate humility with weakness and often low self-esteem.

But if you take a few minutes to think about the great leaders you’ve met in your life, be it your dad or someone who you consider your mentor, you will realize that these people are very humble.

This is why you liked them in the first place. This is why they triggered your inner motivation and desire to do better.

It is not just my opinion. There is tons of scientific research that shows why humility is so important when it comes to leading other people.

If you are a humble leader, you will automatically:

• lead by example
• admit your mistakes
• recognize your followers’ strengths

What makes a great leader is not authority, but influence. The more people respect and genuinely like you, the more weight you will have when it comes to making decisions and motivating others.

If you try to show superhuman abilities or put yourself into a “I am superior to you” position, the chances are that you will be seen by others as pretentious or fake.

Unfortunately, many bosses that have every other quality to be great leader completely miss this point. This is why every 38 seconds someone in the world searches for “my boss is a jerk” term. So this problem seems to be universal.

What do you think makes a great leader?

Are there any leadership qualities that you appreciate in your boss?

2 Comments
  • Barrie Macmillan
    October 16, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I totally agree with humility and would add respect for people, irrespective of their status in life…… treat the street-sweeper the same as you would treat the Queen. Look and speak to all people by addressing their eyes and show genuine interest in their points of view and listen carefully to what they have to say…..sure…… add your point of view and discuss any differences amicably and in a friendly manner. Trust your first instincts about new people for they are usually correct.

  • praba
    November 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    awesome article!! plz mail me ur future articles on praba.chauhan@gmail.com

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