Great Leader Characteristics

I find it interesting when someone takes a passion for something and is able to have that interest correspond to some aspect of business. 

In a recent article, the author, Farhana Huq, takes her passion for surfing and compares it to the key traits of being a great leader. Top 11 Characteristics of a Great Leader – Surf Life Style, shares her views of what it takes to be a successful leader.

Some of the traits, creativity, respect, follow through and courage are not surprising, but she offers an interesting perspective on how leaders view different situations/opportunities:

They are able to see trends through multiple perspectives:  A surfer goes through many perspectives – from assessing conditions on the beach, to being in the water taking the drop, to being in the ‘zone’, to duck diving under the wave.  They are able to be in all perspectives.  Great leaders are also able to be in a range of perspectives, understanding that not everyone will see something the way they do, but knowing how to cull the “trends” from varying perspectives around them.  .

Keeping with the theme of sports and leadership, Nancy Clark has written a book entitled 18 Holes for Leadership – How 18 Holes of Golf can Make You a Better Leader. 

Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing. Mary D. Poole 

Nancy believes that you need to leverage the key strengths of the team:

3. Leverage team strengths. Part of awareness is don’t expect people to change. If you think you can change someone, think again. This doesn’t mean you can’t help them grow and develop. But don’t expect to change anyone (even yourself) behaviorally. We are who we are. Your job as a leader is to understand each person’s strengths and place them in positions where they can flourish and grow. If you are good at that, you have a huge part of the equation for success.

What traits do you think great leaders have?

Over the course of the next two months, I will be creating a series of short videos that expand on different leaderships traits. Visit our YouTube channel to keep track.