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A Great Leader Does These Three Things


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Raise your hand if you’re a huge Gary Vaynerchuk fan! Hi. It’s us. We are. Leadership is an art and although there is no one-size-fits-all formula for becoming a great leader, there are certain traits that consistently emerge in conversations and when you study exceptional leaders. There’s a unique blend of qualities but we saw a great top 3 list from Gary V that had to be shared.


#1A great leader is one that can handle hard, awkward and uncomfortable conversations with care. Handling these conversations with finesse is a tough skill to learn but pivotal to maintaining healthy relationships and fostering growth. Not shying from these conversations allows you to create an environment of openness, allows you to provide and receive constructive feedback and even helps you manage emotions. Yes, emotions run high during those difficult conversations, and we’ve all been on the end of one of those.


#2A great leader is one that demonstrates the ability to be the bigger person in every situation. Not just in some situations, but every situation. It’s noble to take the high road and speaks volumes to the strength of a leader. It requires patience and a strong self-awareness. Leadership isn’t just defined by your actions, but also how you respond to adversity. Being the bigger person inspires others to consistently choose a culture over respect above all else.


#3A great leader is one that takes the time to build strong, genuine, authentic relationships and trusts them. An organization’s greatest asset are their people and embracing this as a top three means you appreciate that sentiment. Leaders that intentionally take the time to build personal connections are the cornerstone of a thriving workplace. They go beyond your superficial interactions down the hallway, in the break room or the awkward moments before a Zoom call begins. It’s getting to know someone on a human level, that sends a clear message to your team that they are valued. They are respected. They are strong contributors to the success of their mission. The power of connection feeds into the art of trust.


These three things lead to an unwavering commitment to each other.

 

A Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.

  1. What other key traits and qualities do you feel exceptional leaders consistently exhibit?

  2. Where have you had success when leading with your heart? What was the short-and long-term impact?

  3. What else can we do to build an ‘unwavering commitment’ to each other?

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