What Makes a Leader Great?

Yesterday we launched our Gr8 Leaders Program with a group of 8 successful 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 phenomenal 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 time, energy, and money to gain an edge and become the best version of themselves.

In our kick-off session yesterday, we had a powerful discussion about what makes a leader great. Here’s the list of qualities the group came up with:
  • Passion
  • An understanding of your life’s purpose and why it matters
  • A positive attitude
  • A burning desire to learn
  • The ability to be honest with yourself and others
  • A recognition of the importance of investing in others to help them grow as leaders
  • Gratitude (not just being grateful but being able to show it)
  • The ability to say thank you (and mean it)
  • Personal accountability
  • Grace and humility
  • Confidence in yourself and a belief in human potential
  • Never asking someone to do something you’re not willing to do yourself
  • Compassion
  • Strong listening skills (be able to hear what is said and what remains unspoken)
  • Authenticity/Being true to yourself
  • Empathy – being able to put yourself in another’s shoes
  • Encouragement – effectively encouraging others as they pursue their dreams and goals
  • An expectation of greatness (from yourself and others)
  • A strong voice (sharing ideas with the confidence that you have something meaningful to contribute)
That’s an amazing list from a group of truly great leaders. What else would you add to this list? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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