We often hold up our professional leaders on a pedestal with the perception that there is an elevated sense of talent they possess that no one else does.
But that’s not necessarily the case.
Of course talent plays into who gets to the top of the corporate ladder. But did you know that some of the primary characteristics that make a leader successful actually have nothing to do with “talent”?
That’s the point of this Inc. article that discusses this often misunderstood fact. In the article, writer John Eades makes a good case for some essential leadership traits that have nothing to do with some invisible skill set, instead pointing to things anyone with a work ethic can achieve in a place of leadership.
Here they are at a glimpse:
- Do what you say you are going to do.
- Remember the main mission of a leader (evaluating others).
- Set a good example.
- Have great work ethic.
- Give off positive energy.
- Practice intentional listening.
- Conduct one-on-ones.
Again, I hope you will read the whole article. It’s packed with good insights into what any leader can do to be better at their job!