What makes an outstanding leader? Depending on you who you ask, you'll get a number of definitions and descriptions. One common definition is summed up by saying that leadership is one person, or a group of people who can influence others in support of a common goal. Bulls#!%, that's what I say. Obviously that's pretty ambiguous. Sure it defines leadership, but not what defines a leader.
Leadership is really defined by the actions and behaviors of an individual and/or group that allow them to influence and direct others towards a unified result. In other words, everything they do or say is in congruence with who they are and what they're striving to accomplish. They walk their talk, and more often than not, let their playing do the talking as they say in sports.
So what are the characteristics of outstanding leaders? That list is quite extensive too depending on whom you ask, but here are some common basics to get you started.
• Leaders set higher standards
• Leaders are charismatic
• Leaders are effective communicators
• Leaders focus on success principles
• Leaders manage their time ruthlessly
• Leaders set goals
• Leaders build rapport
• Leaders nurture teamwork
• Leaders have a strong clear vision
• Leaders coach to help others grow
• Leaders have unshakable integrity
• Leaders are persuasive
• Leaders build relationships
• Leaders embrace change
• Leaders maximize their resources
Leaders are made, they aren't born. These skills and behaviors are a good start
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