In my quest to become a better leader, I took some steps further to monitor, ask, interview and even stalk on a lot of leaders from different walks of life. I have discovered that most of them are ordinary human beings, who think and do things simply to come out extra ordinarily.
They stand out of the multitude because of the attributes they share in common. These are simple things they do differently:
Successful leaders exercise their mind to come up with rational and
objective decisions. They take some minutes out of their daily life to think on people and personal evaluation. From this thought, they come up with logical conclusion that people reason with.
They ask questions
Research has proven that people who ask questions are more knowledgeable and smarter. Successful leaders don’t feel shy or too smart to ask questions. Even if they are the smartest in the room, they always learn from answers they get around.
Like they always say ‘Speech is silver, silence is golden’ Successful leaders are good listeners. They lend their ears when people talk, even if the words are infuriating. Listening gives them time to analyse situations and evaluate their thought within short time, before they make response.
They build and nurture network
Successful leaders put relationship at front burner. They build network of friends, family, professionals, colleagues, associates and make sure it works. It is really a challenging task to keep connections alive, but these leaders make time to keep with their network circle; from personal relationships to people they mentor, to colleagues and associates.
They don’t say go, they say let’s go
One charisma that gives any resourceful leader an edge to influence people is to lead the way. Successful leaders I have followed always take a leading example, which influence a lot of followers to go that way. I think this is where we draw a line between Boss and Leader ‘A boss
says Go! A leader says let’s go’ -E.M Kelly
They read & Invest in Knowledge
Readers are leaders! This statement is not a fantasy. It’s one of the habits that make successful leader. Initially, they read things that apply to their discipline and interest, but as they lost in the curiosity of books, they read across different areas of life. They find book as another planet that encapsulates the earth.
They invest in time
Time is arguably the most valuable thing in life. Successful leaders measure their achieved goals in time. They set time and prioritize their engagements. I am one of Warren Buffet’s followers, so I saved this particular quote of his to my archive: ‘The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money’
They know when to be frank
Successful leaders are humorous and mild. They cover flaw of other people, they praise in public and criticize in private; but they know exactly when, where and how to hit the nail on the head. They know when to say the truth, even if it is bitter and may hurt a lot of people. Successful leaders gain respect for having this quality.
They attribute success and accept blame
When major achievement or success is made, successful leaders are quick to attach the landmark to team rather than selves. They share the glory and attribute it to the forces around them. But if they press wrong button and things go wrong, they accept blames solely.
They have personal brand
Uniqueness is a special character successful leaders possess. They create personal identities that make them to stand out among the rest. These identities speak and represent their thought, character and personal
style and they mostly make statements with their personal brand.
Personal brand of these successful leaders are created from their fashion signature style, slogan, emblem, nickname, character or lifestyle.
You may wonder why Steve Jobs wore black turtlenecks and jeans. You may be curious why the Nigerian playwright and poet Wole Soyinka keeps grey Afro hairstyle and beards.
You may also puzzle about why I wear two watches! So,what are you doing differently to become a successful leader?
He is an entrepreneur, writer, barber and interior designer. Abiodun discusses and writes about entrepreneurship, leadership, business and economy.
He has interest in luxury, art, fashion, travel and technology.
Abiodun is passionate about sport, particularly football (soccer) and boxing.