Our world is built on the leader/follower dynamic; the people who have groundbreaking insight and those who believe in them enough to make things happen. This combination is a recipe for success, but what are the qualities that make a strong leader?
“Management is doing things right;
leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Warren Bennis
A strong leader must know what their vision for the future is. Every great leader imagined a world bigger, better, and brighter than the one they lived in and they they brought that world to being through inspiring a vision of what could be.
“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” James Humes
Communication skills are essential for anyone looking to create change! A leader needs to articulate their vision and communicate it to their team or audience. No leader can do it alone, so it is imperative that they are able to communicate their vision for the future to begin building a coalition of support.
“If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.” Elizabeth Warren
Unless you are able to rouse a crowd with your voice, body language, and spirit your calls to action will likely fall on deaf ears. Every leader should practice their assertiveness skills; working to be more effective in their messaging and more powerful in their behavior. Assertiveness is not aggression; the two are very different. Aggressive people attack and belittle others while assertive people encourage and inspire others to action.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Jim Rohn
Lastly, a strong leader must be a disciplined one. A leader is the first one in the door and the last one to leave. They are constantly discovering new ways to work more effectively and efficiently, never missing an opportunity to get the job done. Self discipline is what separates leaders from their followers. If you are not willing to make the necessary sacrifices for your vision, you better find someone who is.