Create a list of traits of what you expect a great leader to have. You probably named charisma, a strategic vision, experience, a robust education, previous leadership experience, and the list goes on. What you probably did not list was humility. Leaders must possess a large and available supply of humility if they plan to be successful during times of dynamic and critical change.
The final element of a humble leader is having a leadership style that fosters and promotes a leadership by example atmosphere. I loved doing “ramp blasts” parachute jumps in the Special Forces where the jumpmasterr leads their stick off the aircraft. I lead these not only because they were thrilling, but because I put the most inexperienced jumper right behind me as the jumpmaster. This way during the last equipment and static line check, the most inexperienced jumper would perform the final check on the jumpmaster. Humble leaders find ways to trust, to listen, to teach, and to perform to the highest levels constantly. Be a humble leader so you can be a constantly improving leader – the definition of a great leader.
What qualities do you think make a great leader?
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About the Author: Chad Storlie is a Retired US Army Officer, the author of Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and has published over 280 articles in over 180 publications on military veterans, career advancement, business, leadership, strategy, education, financial planning, and national security topics. Chad excels as an author, mentor, speaker, and teacher showing business leaders and military veterans how military skills make lives, careers, and businesses better. Chad is an adjunct Professor of Marketing at Creighton University. Chad has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University. Follow Chad @CombatToCorp and www.CombatToCorporate.com.
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