Most leaders are competitors. At least that’s the common perception.
Competitors want to be the best. When ratings, rankings, awards, and/or trophies are at stake, no less than excellence will do. Devotion to winning is unyielding. But, let’s be honest, what is there after the awards and accolades have been won?
Some leaders will declare their victory and proudly refer to their name on an outdated plaque. They’ll never move forward, never have the drive to say, “next!?”
So, what separates a great leader from just another competitor?
Great leaders are infinitely competitive. Their walls, filled with plaques, never quench their thirst to win. They are constantly learning and acquiring new skills and knowledge to outmaneuver any obstacles in their path.
Here’s the real game changer, the secret to increasing your winnings and raising the stakes. Great leaders…
- …build great teams. They recognize that it takes a dynamic and diverse team of talent to propel them into first place.
- …are servant leaders. They meet the needs of their team by taking necessary action. They’re not afraid to roll up their sleeves and work beside a team member.
- …don’t do the work for their team. When they roll up those sleeves, they mentor and encourage passing on knowledge and skills.
- …find teachable moments in the sensitivity of failure.
A great leader’s most cherished award is in the success of his team. Long after removal from the platform of accomplishment, his triumph will carry on in the lives of those he mentored.
What are some characteristics of great leaders in your life? What will you change to become a great leader? Share your comments below.