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What makes a leader truly great?

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Leadership is an important skill, but even more important is the ability to lead well. A strong leader inspires, encourages, and empowers those around them. Here we share with you several of the skills associated with successful leaders and what it means to embody those abilities as a truly great leader.

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What makes a leader truly great?

  1. 1. WHAT MAKES A LEADER TRULY GREAT?
  2. 2. With great power comes great responsibility Or so a superhero’s uncle once told us.
  3. 3. And though we don’t have super powers, as leaders, we do have the power to influence others and the responsibility to do it well.
  4. 4. There are several traits associated with being a successful leader. Let’s take a look at them together.
  5. 5. As a leader, it is so important that your words equal your actions. It is imperative that you… go through a self-evaluation process on an almost daily basis to make sure that your actions are in line with your words. –Jon Gordon, You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life DEPENDABILITY
  6. 6. [A good leader has] an understanding of the goals and how to get there, as well as an understanding of how to make goals personal for each staffer. – Stephanie Diamond, Content Marketing Strategies For Dummies AWARENESS
  7. 7. Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy, and then, help to orchestrate the energy of those around you. – Peter Drucker, Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today’s Leaders OPTIMISM
  8. 8. Leaders who operate on the basis of integrity…tell the truth. They do things on the up-and-up. They engage in fair, ethical business practices. And they deliver on their promises. – Richard Davis, The Intangibles of Leadership: The 10 Qualities of Superior Executive Performance HONESTY
  9. 9. Leadership is about providing a vision for the future and helping others support that vision with the tools needed to pursue that goal. That vision can be great or small, but participating with others in pursuit of a common good is a wonderful feeling. – Bill Hughes, Samsung Galaxy S7 For Dummies COLLABORATION
  10. 10. You simply can’t do your best without searching for new experiences, doing things you’ve never done, making mistakes, and learning from them. – Kouzes & Posner, The Leadership Challenge CURIOSITY
  11. 11. There is information overload. More than ever, there is a need to be able to sift through the noise and prioritize. – Rosemarie Withee, Office 365 For Dummies, 2nd Edition DECISIVENESS
  12. 12. Maintaining a beginner’s mindset helps keep us from becoming victims of our own successes. We all need to constantly scan the landscape and continuously assess our own business models. – Alex Osterwalder, Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want ADAPTABILITY
  13. 13. Your leadership must be rooted in who you are and what matters most to you. When you truly know yourself and what you stand for, it is much easier to know what to do in any situation. – Harry Kraemer, Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership CONFIDENCE
  14. 14. COMMITMENT There is just no escaping the fact that the single biggest factor determining whether an organization is going to get healthier ­­— or not — is the genuine commitment and active involvement of the person in charge. – Patrick Lencioni, The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues
  15. 15. APPROACHABILITY In the new world, the capacity to establish, develop, and maintain key relationships both inside and outside your organization is going to become the primary currency of leadership influence. – Jeremie Kubicek, 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There is Never Enough Time
  16. 16. INSPIRATION Leaders must recognize that leadership is not about them and their ability to attract followers. Leadership is about serving others to bring out the best in them. – Bill George, Discover Your True North
  17. 17. As leaders, we must inspire, encourage, and empower those around us. By fostering these skills, you’re on your way to becoming a truly great leader. Looking for more insights from industry leaders? Check out Wiley.com. Author photos provided by respective authors. Cover image © AMV Photo / Getty Images Wiley is a registered trademark of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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