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  • Writer's pictureDr Chan Abraham

12 habits of exceptional leaders

  1. Courage "Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible." – Aristotle

  2. Effective communication "The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate." – Joseph Priestly

  3. Generosity "A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and little less than his share of the credit." – John Maxwell

  4. Humility "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." – C.S. Lewis

  5. Self-awareness "It is absurd that a man should rule others who cannot rule himself." – Latin proverb

  6. Adherence to the Golden Rule +1 "The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become." – Jon Wolfgang von Goethe

  7. Passion "If you just work on stuff that you like and are passionate about, you don't have to have a master plan with how things will play out." – Mark Zuckerberg

  8. Infectiousness "The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision where you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." – Theodore Hesburg

  9. Authenticity "Just be who you are and speak from your guts and heart - it's all a man has." – Hubert Humphrey

  10. Approachability "Management is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away."

  11. Accountability "The ancient Romans had a tradition: whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed accountability for his work in the most profound way possible - he stood under the arch." – Michael Armstrong

  12. Sense of purpose "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." – Ken Kesey

Taken from our Leadership Masterclass on 2 December 2015.

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