Essentially, a leader needs a vision, plus the ability to get many people following them, supporting that vision.
But what else?
What kind of qualities make a great leader?
Nowadays, it’s widely agreed that what makes a great leader are emotional intelligence, honesty, humility, the ability to empower others – indeed, the whole range of soft skills from critical thinking to empathy, resilience to creativity.
That’s exactly what we at Barrier Breakers believe.
These are the only kind of leaders we work with.
Research shows time and again that this kind of leadership produces the best results, financially and beyond.
And it’s the way people say they want to be lead.
So what’s the problem?
Well, take a quick look around the world at the leaders we’ve got.
Check out the leaders we’ve allowed to lead us, now and in the past.
Look at the leaders we choose.
How many leaders come close to the version we say we want?
Do we really want leaders with those positive attributes?
The servant leader?
The authentic leader?
The honest, empathic, empowering leader?
Or… is our ingrained understanding of what makes a great leader something completely different?
Is it a concept we’ve yet to escape from?
Eternal vigilance is not only the price of liberty; eternal vigilance is the price of human decency
What kind of leaders do you want?
Do you have them?
Would you like to build up your organisation’s soft skills – and boost employee engagement, performance, and the bottom line? Get in touch and find out how we can support you!