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5 Habits of Great Leaders

5 Habits of Great Leaders

Perspective// Posted by: Christine Mason / 1 Mar 2014
  1. You are clear on what you want, so people can be successful. You don’t subconsciously believe that people should be mind-readers. You don’t keep changing your mind or changing direction, or find it difficult to progress projects forward — both of which are exhausting for a team, as there is no real progress or accomplishment to point to.
  2. You focus on the positive, so people feel lifted up. You’ll make sure to mention the good things — praise is strong, criticism is balanced. You don’t focus on details at the expense of the big picture. This encourages creativity and risk-taking.
  3. You care about people as individuals: People are not just a means to an end, but a way to get the job done. You care about making others look good, feel good, helping people grow into their potential. People go the extra mile if they feel seen and appreciated.
  4. You have a life, and expect the people around you to have one too. Especially if you expect them to work for YOUR EQUITY, you need to offer more long-term thinking and action about what’s right for the people on the team.
  5. You have created connection between daily activity and a higher purpose or mission. When questions like “Why are we here, doing this work, anyway?” or “What’s it for, this trade of my life energy for this work?” arise, you have a good answer, other than something to the effect of “It’s your job.” Without meaning, you have to fork over a LOT of money to bring in good people. Having a shared mission reduces your costs significantly — and accelerates accomplishment. You want people to work for you, joyfully, willingly, overtime, with their full hearts and brains? Then create meaning: Make sure what you are doing in the world is something important, something that gives the work meaning; love people: see them as individuals with a full spectrum of needs and infinite capacity, help them grow, lift them up. And be a good communicator: be clear, be honest, be direct, be positive. Even if the job market wasn’t so tight, people would be flocking to your door.
Christine Mason
Christine maps new markets for emerging technologies, scouts for strategic expansion opportunities, and guides internal innovation strategies for leading companies.