Becoming a Great Leader was not the aim of many of the worlds Great Leaders. Most just happen to be a Great Leader and are adored and revered by their crowd for other things such as Martin Luther King, whose purpose and aim was to put an end to racial hatred, Mother Theresa who insisted on doing as much as possible to end world poverty. Great Leaders become so by doing great and amazing things…by daring to dream
According to Forbes Magazine, the main characteristics of a Great Leader are as follows:
+Ability to Delegate
These are fabulous characteristics, however, the list is not exhaustive and the University of Notre Dame would add things like “Being a Risk Taker”
We can then go on to look at Psychometric tests such as Myers-Briggs and they would have a complete different take on it and come at an angle of styles rather than characteristics and so words such as ‘visionary’ and ‘participative’ get thrown into the mix!!
So, are Great Leaders born or do they learn to be Great Leaders? The answer is simple, some are born, others learn 🙂
One Characteristic that is prevalent throughout all of the different schools of thought though is that Great Leaders are “Goal Orientated”
Great Leaders set and achieve goals!! Their goals will differ hugely but they know and understand the importance of having that goal, that dream, that aim!!
Great Leaders, they focus, they strategise, they plot, they never stop until they achieve!!
Perhaps more importantly, Great Leaders have “Self Belief”!! Even in moments of doubt, they find ways, methods and means to overcome that self doubt….They melt away their limiting beliefs. Great Leaders know instinctively that they can achieve anything they want to and that there are solutions to everything. Great Leaders are not phased by problems, they are excited by challenges. Their Limiting Beliefs act as motivating factors, as obstacles to overcome and as barriers to bust through!
Leadership is not just important in the workplace though. Leadership is important in life in general. That need to be accountable, to delegate, to communicate, it runs through the very being of our lives. As parents, grandparents, friends and acquaintances, we all need to navigate the ever complex societal rules and norms which get in our way of ultimate happiness, of just being and living in a way which is authentic and harmonious.
Learning to overcome your limiting beliefs is integral to leadership and to happiness. Whatever your goals, dreams and aspirations, being aware of your limiting beliefs and finding ways to overcome them is imperative to your success. I would love you to comment below and tell me about your Big Dreams and how you’re planning to achieve them