What Makes a Leader Great by the SOS Gr8 Woman Leaders

Last week, we launched our sixth group of the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program with nine phenomenal women who are committed to developing their leadership skills and challenging themselves to learn, grow, network, and achieve at a higher level. This group of Gr8 Women Leaders are already amazing leaders, but they recognize that they can grow and become even better. They have a strong desire to learn, and they are willing to invest their valuable time, energy, and money to gain an edge and become the best version of themselves.

During our kick-off session, we had a thought-provoking discussion about what makes a leader great. Here’s a list of qualities the SOS Gr8 Women came up with…
A Gr8 Leader…
  • Is a good listener and skilled communicator.
  • Has confidence.
  • Lives with integrity.
  • Is effective.
  • Encourages others and helps them to see what they’re capable of accomplishing.
  • Is thoughtful.
  • Has vision.
  • Is decisive.
  • Is willing to recognize and acknowledge her failures and weaknesses. 
  • Is emotionally intelligent.
  • Has passion. 
  • Is flexible.
  • Shows humility.
  • Is respected and respectful.
  • Has strong motivation and drive to learn, grow, and achieve.
  • Earns the trust of others.
  • Is credible.
  • Relates well to others.
  • Is courageous.
  • Shows empathy.
  • Trusts her intuition.
  • Lives ethically.
  • Is genuine.
  • Has a sense of humor.
  • Is realistic.
  • Focuses on her goals.
  • Is accountable.
  • Allows herself to be vulnerable.
  • Is authentic.
  • Builds her expertise.
  • Is bold.
This is a comprehensive list from a group of truly remarkable leaders. What else would you add to this list? Share your ideas in the comments below. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

One of the foundational beliefs that SOS Partner, Amber Fogarty, has about leadership is that there is no cookie cutter approach. One size doesn’t fit all; it never has and it never will. Each and every one of you has your own unique leadership style. In order to grow as a leader, you have to focus on understanding who you are, what leadership means to you, and how YOU want to lead in a way that is uniquely yours. That’s what the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program is all about. Our goal is to grow with you…we exist to empower and equip leaders (THAT’S YOU) to make a difference!

Check out this short video to learn more about the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program! Our next group will begin in February 2014.  If you’re interested in learning more, email us!

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