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Four Leadership Qualities

Four main leadership qualities

What is it that makes a good leader and how can I improve my leadership skills?

Answer: There are fundamentally four leadership skills.

They are as follows:

  1. A clear vision or goal.
  2. An ability to communicate and "Sell" the idea of the goal, to others.
  3. An ability to develop a plan of action that is able to achieve the goal.
  4. The ability to develop sufficient courage and determination to back the plan with persistent action and never to give up, until the goal is reached.

Let us look at each one.

1. A clear vision or goal

The leader is the visionary person, who has in mind a picture that represents a description of a better future. All leaders have a vision of a better future.

All leaders speak of a better future that will be achieved if the other people will only follow the vision.

Look how Winston Churchill uses a vision of the future being brighter.

Quote:

The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us.

Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war.

If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands........................Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire, and its Commonwealth, last for a thousand years, men will still say, This, was their finest hour.

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word:

Victory.

It is important to make sure that you have a clear vision of what you want five years from now.

Then, work backwards, from the vision, building the plans of action that you think will give you the object of your desire.

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2. An ability to communicate and "Sell" the idea of the goal to others

All leaders have to be sales people. They must be able to persuade others that the goal is a good one; one worth pursuing.

All great leaders are great communicators. They have to be. Nobody will follow you if you cannot communicate to them and "sell them" on your ideas.

It pays you to study communication. You must stimulate the minds of your listeners with a description of the challenges that excites the imagination.

Martin Luther King's Speech: 'I Have a Dream'

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

If you would be a better leader, then be a better communicator. Study language.

Perfect your use of English.

3. An ability to develop a plan of action that is able to achieve the goal

Having a goal and having a team will take you only so far.

Now you need a plan.

You need a plan that cannot fail.

All leaders are incessant planners.

Quote from Gene Kranz mission controler NASA.

Failure is not an option!

From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: 'Tough' and 'Competent.' Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect.

When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write 'Tough and Competent' on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price ............ These words are your price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control."

4. The ability to develop sufficient courage and determination to back the plan with persistent action and never to give up, until the goal is reached

Leaders have persistence and the willingness to work for as long as it takes to achieve the goal that they have set for themselves.

Assuming that the goal is a big goal, then you will need to develop the resilience to withstand the inevitable setbacks and disappointments that you will face over time.

Some people call this bulldog persistence.

Quote from Earl Nightingale.

"Men credited with all kinds of ability, talent, brains and know how, including the ability to see into the future, frequently have nothing more than the courage to keep everlastingly at what they set out to do. They have that one great quality that is worth more than all the rest put together. They simply will not give up! When a man makes up his mind to do something then it's only a matter of time. Staying with time take bulldog persistence. This seems to be the entrance examination to success - lasting success -- of any kind!"

― Earl Nightingale.

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework."

―Thomas Edison.

The skills of leadership are as follows:

  1. A clear vision or goal.
  2. An ability to communicate and "Sell" the idea of the goal to others.
  3. An ability to develop a plan of action that is able to achieve the goal.
  4. The ability to develop sufficient courage and determination to back the plan with persistent action and never to give up, until the goal is reached.

Develop and practice each one of these leadership skills.

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