If you’ve got 10 or 20 hours with nothing else to do, try Googling “Leadership”. You’ll get about 311 million results…many of them steeped in theory, academia and fluffy descriptors.
I’ve had the opportunity (and privilege) to know and work with some really great leaders. So, in the spirit of saving you some Google time, here’s a quick list of what they have in common:
- They lead with humanity. They recognize the strengths and foibles that all humans have…including themselves…and lead accordingly with understanding, compassion, patience and support.
- They are Conscious Competents. They know what they’re good at, and why.
- They are accountable. When there is a problem, they look for causes, not blame. And they always, always ask, “How have I contributed to this?”
- They face forward. They focus on the present and the future, not the past.
- They connect with others on a personal level. The people in their organizations see them as individuals, not as a title.
- They focus on what’s important, not what’s urgent. They spend their time on those things that move themselves and their organizations forward.
- They make time for thinking. They aren’t bogged down in an endless string of meetings and discussions. Conversations are important to them, but so is quiet time spent thinking about the business.
- They are learners. They aren’t satisfied with doing what’s always worked; they search for improvement opportunities, both personal and organizational.