By Shaun Cooper, Director & Senior Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
What makes great leaders and true legends stand out and what do they do differently?
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
- Sir Isaac Newton
Leadership is a subject that is misunderstood by many and yet so vital when it comes to developing a successful and fulfilling life, career or business. Leadership is about helping people see their own potential and worth so clearly that they are inspired to realise their potential and then help others do the same.
So what qualities differentiates exceptional leaders from the rest?
1. One of The Greatest Qualities of Exceptional Leaders Is Awareness & Being Real
Very often, how we perceive people and situations can be different from how they actually are. So having a solid and grounded take on reality (not what you just think is reality, but truly being aware of what is real and what is not), is an essential starting point to progressing in any endeavour. Benjamin Franklin worked on his 13 virtues relentlessly to do this.
They take great responsibility for making things happen in their lives. No more hitting and hoping and giving up after selling out for the easy road. They respond in a very progressive and positive manner and they do not let their egos or prejudices get in the way of the right thing to do. Helen Keller overcame the frustration of being blind and deaf to leave a lasting legacy.
They have a very good understanding of themselves, and therefore they are able to lead knowing their values and what's important to them. They are focused on their own internal sense of self first before needing things and wealth and people out there. Because of this, they are very influential people. They are not concerned with what others think of them; instead, they influence others based on their inner sense of security, guidance, wisdom and power. Mahatma Gandhi building his influence through India’s journey to independence is a powerful example of this.
These 10 qualities are not dependent on how smart, well-educated or well-connected someone is. They can all be learnt and developed. In fact, many great legends didn't know or practice them to start with, they often learnt them through failure after failure or through having the mentorship of another legend.
These 10 qualities are based on the fundamental principles of life, and as such, they are timeless, universal and applicable in ANY situation or project.
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