It’s one thing to be a leader, but the best have qualities that set them apart. The good news is, they are qualities that each of us can develop with hard work.
The best leaders “become our mentors and role models,” writes Les McKeown, author of the best-seller, Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization On the Growth Track – and Keeping It There. “They affect us to such a degree that we channel them when faced with tough decisions, pondering what they would have done in a similar situation.” What’s their secret? What do they have that others don’t? In a guest post for Inc. McKeown provides a list of four characteristics that transcendent leaders all tend to possess, including their skill to be “resolutely in the moment,” their gift of prioritization — being able not only to focus, but always on the right things — and the rare ability to excel in crises.
“The four individual skills that differentiate the transcendent leader are each in themselves surprisingly mundane,” McKeown writes. “These are skills which any good leader can learn. But together, they combine to transform an average leader into a truly transcendent one.” Read the full article to learn more about the characteristics you can develop to take your leadership to the next level.
You may have managed a company, but in order to build your own you’re going to have to develop different qualities. Read this post to learn why it’s important to remember that while management responsibilities can be delegated, leadership cannot. And for leaders guiding their companies through the expansion-stage, read this post for leadership do’s and don’ts.