What makes a great leader? What makes a single person command such influence over a large group of people with seemingly hypnotic control? Was it the chinstrap beard of Abraham Lincoln? Or was it Steve Jobs’ tight black turtleneck? Or maybe it was Winston Churchill’s top hat and bowtie? Sure, these characteristics made these historic leaders easy targets for Halloween costumes, but each possessed much deeper attributes that made them the bright beacons of light to follow.
Many people are thrust into leadership positions or reach it by perceived merit, but that often times leads to producing the Peter Principle more than an effective leader. To be truly successful when you’re at the helm, you must exemplify a series of traits that make getting the job done nearly inevitable. And if your plans are for a long tenure, they must be sincere. According to Inc. Magazine, there are 10 Powerful Habits of Highly Effective Leaders. Some qualities that you may have not considered like “sensitivity” or “transparency” are just as important as any other when leading your figurative troops into figurative battle.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll no longer just be someone living out a fantasy in a costume. You will finally BE that great leader that you aspire to be.