By Colin O'Leary
November 7th, 2018
Truly great leaders are rare indeed. Great leaders possess rare qualities that help them rise above the pack. These leaders are able to not only get results but also improve the lives of those around them.
Everyone wants to be a great leader. The good thing is that leaders are not born, they are developed. Great leaders possess a list of qualities that they developed over time, often through trials and tribulations.
It's known in venture capital world that investors feel more confident investing in individuals that have failed before. They believe this because they know that great leaders have a desire to succeed, and will stop and nothing to get there. Truly great leaders develop a winning attitude that often leaders to superhuman results. I put together a list for you of 7 qualities I've seen in truly great leaders.
7. Emotional Intelligence
Truly great leaders possess high levels of Emotional Intelligence. This helps them win with people over and therefor succeed. Great leaders understand that getting along with others is not only crucial to success, but to accomplishing any substantial in life. This is huge!
Truly great leaders are men and women of great service. They begin everything with the end in mind. Great leaders always put their customers or those they are leading first.
Truly great leaders may not be perfect but they show excellence in their craft. Most people cut corners and do barely enough to get by. Great leader focus on excellence in all they do. They go above and beyond.
Truly great leaders have great imaginations and a winners mindset. They create and and encourage an environment for growth and new ideas. Great leaders create strategic visions that will benefit their business or organization. Mindset is huge!
Integrity is an absolute must in today's world. Integrity is hard to develop but easy to lose. For an example of this look no further then all the successful people who have fallen victim to money schemes and other temptations that destroyed their lives. Integrity is critical!
Great leaders possess a desire to succeed that is truly unique from the mainstream. Some of the worlds greatest inventions happened only after the inventor failed thousands of times. There are a lot of great examples of leaders who showed unwavering desire to succeed under tremendous pressure. Some of my favorite are Thomas Edison, Michael Jordon, and Steve Jobs.
"Desire is the starting point of all achievement." -Napoleon Hill.
I believe high levels of faith is the most important quality that all great leaders must posses. Great leaders not only have great faith but also understand the value of believing in something. Leaders can have all the other qualities listed above, but if they don't have the faith in what they are doing, they are doomed to fail regardless of the mission they are trying to accomplish.