“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Adams
When people think of a leader they typically think of someone who is outgoing and outspoken… someone with a Type A personality. What I’ve discovered over the years though, is that leaders come in all different shapes, sizes, and personalities! Some leaders are far more introverted than you might guess. Some are leaders inside their family, while others are leaders in business or globally.
While leaders are not a one size fits all bunch, I do believe that all good leaders share at least the following 4 characteristics:
Leaders are honest, trustworthy, and have strong morals. A leader doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk! Having integrity means you are consistent in your values, actions, and principles. And that you honor your word no matter what happens along the way. Having integrity doesn’t mean you never mess up, but it does mean that aspire, every day, to be in integrity.
Leaders are 100% committed to their cause, the project, the goal…whatever it is they have given their word to. Leaders don’t just follow through when it’s easy or exciting. In most situations feelings of inspiration and passion fade…they come and go with the day, just like our moods. A leader doesn’t let that ebb and flow distract her from her mission, because her word means everything.
When it gets difficult, when it’s no longer fun, and even when it’s boring… a leader honors her commitments, to herself and to others.
A leader is always looking at how to give back, and who to help She is giving of her time, talents, and support, and is always seeking to create a win-win situation. It goes without saying, leaders love to help.
4. Take a Stand
No matter how generous and empathetic a leader is, she does not let people walk all over her. A leader always stands up for others, and also for herself. Her decisions and her opinions are not swayed by the opinions or judgments of others. Popularity isn’t important to a true leader; being authentic is.
Are you a leader?
If you want to use your role as a business owner (or an aspiring business owner) to become a true leader – to start and grow a movement to change the world…all you need is the right plan! You’ll discover that plan at The ZONE Event in September—which you can attend with me at a very special rate as my friend. Learn more here!