The Essence of Leadership

The Company Powerhouse

Jan 16, 2018

Successful leaders are powerhouses – in their companies, in their business relationships, and their personal lives. Every business and organization needs leaders. But how do you know when you’ve found one. Oh, it’s easy to find a list of traits that define leadership, but what is the essence – that almost undefinable core that shapes true leadership in today’s society? 

Leaving Foot Prints

Whether you call it self-awareness, self-management, or emotional intelligence, genuinely effective leaders begin within the circle of self. They have a clear and honest picture of themselves –aware of what makes them resilient and where they need to shore up a weak spot. They are self-disciplined – about their lifestyle, work schedule, physical health, and maybe even most important, their relationships.  They take responsibility, as well as holding themselves accountable. If they make a mistake – they acknowledge it. At any given time, they have a list of ongoing goals, prioritized. Time management is their middle name – whether they do it on their own, invest in software, or hire a talented personal assistant. Because they know who they are, where they’re going, and how to accomplish it without losing focus of the priority, they leave footprints for others to follow.

Compassionate Connection

Strong leaders may begin in the circle of self, but they connect to others with compassion and understanding. Great leaders discern what makes people tick, recognizing their needs in the moment and adapting their leadership style accordingly. They make an art of team leading – taking diverse and unique groups of people, and not only inspiring them but also motivating them to work together for the ultimate mission. Excellent communicators, leaders know how to convey their message and when to be quiet and listen. Relationship matters – they are generous in acknowledging others, giving credit where credit is due, expressing appreciation consistently, and encouraging others to grow. 


Ok, we’ve established that leaders know themselves and connect with others, but for what purpose? That’s where vision steps into the picture. Real leadership is a catalyst for change. Exceptional leaders recognize and appreciate the pillars that hold them stable while fostering the creativity, innovation, and agility needed to enable growth. Strategic thinkers, they prioritize and plan, while remaining flexible and knowing when to bend in the wind. With an eye for opportunity and a courageous spirit, a strong leader keeps going – adversity is merely motivation to stay on track, a tool for growth and refining. They help others to catch a hold of the vision, to grasp not only the what, but also the why and the how because they build trust. Passion for their course does not deter them from being real and approachable, confident in themselves, yet humble in their attitude. They grab hold of your hand and lead.

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