9 Things That Separate Great Leaders from the Rest

9 Things That Separate Great Leaders from the Rest


The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree

The greatest CEO’s and business leaders perform better, hire smarter to transform the world.

The very best CEO’s of our time who are changing the face of business and building strong brands have lots of things in common. They transform their worlds, change the people around them, create systems and build empires. They commit to something bigger than themselves but stick to the vision long enough to see it grow to become a global empire. Extraordinary leaders do more than good leaders to get to the very top.

Most of the best CEOs are known to be great at hiring smart.

Selling other people on your dream or your business is a crucial trait for building and growing a great business. You should be able to convince smart people  about your vision and why they should follow you and work with you to achieve that dream. In the words of General George Patton -Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

The best leaders encourages and cultivates the culture of creativity

Building  a comfortable culture that gives everyone a sense of belonging and reason to come back to the same office for a number of years is an invaluable trait. Great CEOs focus on creating an environment that attracts and retains talent. The best leaders cultivates the culture of creativity and encourage it among  teams in the companies.

Great CEOs do not just hire smart individuals but built innovative teams that can work together and successfully deliver on internal projects, tasks or duties  and most importantly flourish in the  absence of the leader.

Great leaders are good at motivating others to accomplish a goal.

They know not only how to sell their idea and vision, but also how to charge people with energy and drive to pursue them. Great CEO’s do not achieve success alone, hence the need to get others on the journey to greatness. They are able to motivate their employees to greatness and to give their best. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The courage  to pursue an idea or dream regardless of conventional wisdom has taking lots of extraordinary leaders to higher heights.  Most great leaders face lots of opposition about what they intend to do, how they intend to do it and when those dreams need to be realized. A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. —John Maxwell

Perseverance and tenacity of purpose cannot be overemphasized.  Most great leaders including Steve Jobs- Apple,  Jeff Bezos- Amazon,  Howard Schultz- Starbucks, Larry Page-Google, Richard Branson-Virgin Group never gave up but kept pushing the envelope! They knew what they wanted, how to get it and with whom to do it for maximum achievement.

Great leaders build products that matters to millions not just in their locality but globally. Most outstanding and extraordinary brands consumers use today were started by people who had visions to change the way people live and what they use. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”-Theodore M. Hesburgh

An indispensable trait is the ability to listen and take honest feedback from employees and customers. In as much as as you are the bearer of the torch, it’s important to keep an open mind and remain open to feedback on our ideas, products and your style of leadership.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams

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