The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn
These are a few leadership habits that are common among insanely great leaders.
1 Remarkable leaders are life long learners
Leadership rests not only upon ability but also upon capacity. Great leaders are capable to lead and have equipped themselves with the ability to lead efficiently. Followers recognize and acknowledge a capable leader.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” —John F. Kennedy
2. They think and talk about the solutions.
An insanely great leader shares the company’s vision, anticipates the future and identifies opportunities before others do. Solutions bring results and a true leader’s focus is on getting solutions instead of thinking and talking about present problems.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18
3. They don’t tell their followers how to do their work but what to do!
Instead of always telling your employees how to do their work, you should rather focus on what to do and give them room to deliver.
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” —General George Patton
Insanely great leaders influence people to make things happen, rather than tell people to make things happen.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theodore Roosevelt
4. They simplify ambiguity!
They are always looking for fresh approaches to long-term problems.
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” —General Colin Powell
They have the perseverance to accomplish a goal, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
5. They take decisions that inspire others.
They don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams.
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done. ~Ralph Nader
6. Remarkable leaders guide others to success.
“True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.” —Bill Owens
7. They know the way, go the way and show the way.
Every great leader know where he or she is going. That must be clear to the leader.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John Maxwell
8. Remarkable leaders mentor others to success.
They take time to mentor and equip employees to become experts on their own tasks and ideas. They mentor their team to always assume they have permission to do things their way.
9. They start with a final goal in mind.
Great leaders focus on the big picture and inspire others to work on the details that will get them to achieve the ultimate goal. They are able to step-back to understand the details, get all of the facts, collaborate when needed. They have the ability to adapt to change and embrace it where necessary.
Leaders conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts. — John Gardner
10. They are not isolated and insulated.
Great leaders are always in contact with followers and they are at the grassroots level and maintain an open door policy. Remarkable leaders do not separate themselves from their team.
They allow team members to communicate with them with no restrains. They make strong effort to improve and focus on their communication skills to come across as proactive and strong. They constantly exchange information, thoughts and feelings openly and honestly with others.
11. Remarkable leaders know how to effectively delegate.
Every great business or project can only be achieved by a team of talented people. Great leaders know when to hire, how to hire and who to hire to the job done. They are able to delegate successfully without interference. They accept new ways of doing things that someone else thought of.
They acknowledge and motivate employees to achieve the high expectations expected of them. They are not hesitant to hire smart managers to get the work done. They develop and promote a positive attitude on a daily basis to achieve the best results.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. —Kenneth Blanchard