These 10 skills show up repeatedly in scholarly research as attributes of the best leaders:
Bruce Barton, an American philosopher, once said, “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe something inside of them was superior to circumstance.”
Psychological studies show that there is a strong correlation between optimism and the most successful people in the world. The capacity to imagine what’s over the horizon and rebound from setbacks.
What is it that keeps someone young, fuels their passion? When the fire dies down, we become the people we don’t like. The job of leadership is to inspire people to reach their potential.
4. Self Confidence
Not the same as self-esteem. “When you take a look inside yourself whatever you find, you have to like it, because if you don’t no one else will. And you will spend the second half of your life deeply compensating for not valuing who you are as an individual, and it will distort your personality, and people will see straight through it. You’ve got to like it.”
To be at your best every day, you need to genuinely like yourself and value yourself, and you need to feel very competent at what you do, and so does every single person that works for you. As a leader if you let people know that you genuinely like them as people and that you believe in what they are capable of achieving, they will achieve extraordinary things for you.
6. Know yourself
This is how to calm yourself in the midst of great pressure, show up with a calm and clear mind and make sound decisions—this creates trust in relationships.
7. Relationship skills
Business today is about relationships. There are three steps:
1. Equality – whatever the political status, financial status, the first priority is to treat people as your equal and connect with them as a human being.
2. Mutuality – every relationship we’re in because we’re getting something out of it. The more we understand what each other wants and how we can deliver, the better we will be at helping each other.
3. Autonomy – relationships work well when there is space to contribute, joint decision making wherever possible.
To adjust to new conditions or a new environment; to change to suit a new or different purpose.
Control or restraint of your own actions or feelings and establish a consistent personal brand.
Every encounter, client or partner, should leave the other person feeling like they were the center of your universe, that you deeply understand their experience.