Many organizations are mired in flat revenues, low or no profitability, or weak morale. There are many differences between them and other, more prosperous organizations, but the most vital component is leadership. What are the hallmarks of a strong leader?
- Strong leaders drive dramatic change. Think Steve Jobs. In reading the many articles about him recently, one common thread was his vision and demand for innovation and excellence in both products and services. He didn’t want to be better, he wanted to be the best. When he returned to Apple, he drove the company to a new level of excellence.
- Strong leaders are willing to take prudent risks. They’re willing to stretch their organizations and do things that others are afraid to try. Strong leaders weight the risks and don’t take foolhardy steps, but they reach out past where others are willing to go.
- Strong leaders focus on getting the right people into the organization. Jack Welch once said that a CEO has two roles: a) Set the vision, and b) find the people to implement it. Strong leaders are continuously finding and building their organization’s strength. They surround themselves with great people, point them in the right direction, and then get out of the way.
Are you a strong leader?
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