Great Leaders Have Character

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others” – Jack Welch. 

A leader is a team member with special characteristics that inspire others to reach their true potential. As the CEO, Executive Director, Business Owner and/or entrepreneur there are certain characteristics that holds true for these individuals that dare to lead others forging their own paths to success.  It is important to have a clear understanding of the characteristics that a leader must possess to be successful and induce others to be innovative. In fact, you must incorporate those characteristics to your lifestyle in order to guide your team in the right path and achieve your goals. Understanding The Interconnected Skills of Leadership and knowing that when you become a leader, success is about growing others will take you a long, long way.

“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams” – Donovan Bailey

Great leaders have a passion to fulfil their dreams. As per Steve Jobs, only the people who follow their passion can change this world and make it a better place to live. When you have passion towards something, you tend to do it with full determination and commitment.  Letting your passion drive your leadership potential will prepare you for the hard work and sacrifices you must make.  It is my belief that one of the greatest characteristic of a great leader is their ability use their passion to drive their team members to greatness.

“To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will” –Sugar Ray Robinson

A successful leader is a self-motivated character. He is always looking for new strategies and methods that keep his entire team motivated. Such a leader has the potential to figure out the different skills and interests of team members. Then they use appropriate methods in order to motivate all the team members and achieve goals with minimum hassle.

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” - Unknown

The leaders will have to make the most important decisions in a team. Great leaders are the best decision makers. They have the ability to make informed decision in a moment’s notice that’s good for the entire team and for the success of the project as a whole, being able to weigh in on pros and cons quickly and efficiently with little to no indecisiveness.  In other words, such leaders evaluate all the possibilities as well as alternatives in order to benefit everyone at the end of the day.

At the end of the day, a leader’s job is not to be easy on people, it’s to make them better.

-California Center for Economic Initiatives works at the grassroots levels to support leaders by building an infrastructure where budding leaders can access information and resource on growing their community projects.

-Article Written By Rushelli Luna

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