What makes an effective leader?
Who do you think of when you close your eyes and imagine a leader? Perhaps you see Steve Jobs delivering a keynote address, a football manager shouting at his team on the sidelines, or maybe a teacher of yours. Whoever you imagined, the fact is, we meet leaders and role-models in all walks of life and many simply have a charisma about them that makes us want to follow their example.
A leader is person with a vision, someone who inspires others to achieve their potential and sets an example that people want to follow. Leaders operate in business, in sports, in education and, really, in any collaborative situation or environment. But even without a definition, leaders are very easy to spot.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that leadership is simply a natural personality trait. Not every leader is born with leadership abilities; many people in positions of power have to work hard to improve their leadership skills.
- Why do we make what we make and do what we do?
- What makes us different from our competition?
- How will our company make our employees’ and customers’ lives better?
- What do I want people to think when they hear my company or brand name?
- What do we need to achieve this quarter, this year and this decade?