In any aspect of life, one of the most important aspects is most definitely the role of a leader. Without strong leadership, it can be hard for anything to get done correctly. While many people are capable at doing what is needed in most roles, some need a little bit of leadership to help cajole them over the line. Leadership, though, is quite a hard trait to find. What, though makes up the main methods and mind-sets of a strong leader?
To find out, we spoke to some leaders to get a perspective on what they believe made them successful.
We spoke to Jordan Sage, an international entrepreneur, spoke about the role of leadership on rather philosophical terms.
“Leaders are forged by their own internal fire and authentic passion,” he began, “They are comfortable in uncharted waters, they often blaze trails, walk alone, and reinvent themselves in new environments they enter or create to build around their competitive edge. They delegate and they are confident in people they hire and train thereby gaining valuable time to build new ventures.”
It's quite an interesting take on leadership, for sure. The most reliable of leaders are always capable of not only showing direct innovation, but fantastic delegation skills to help ensure everyone is pulling their weight.
We also spoke to Michelle Brodsky. As the co-founder of CashLady, it’s fair to say that her insight would be well appreciated on such a subject.
"A great leader is a person who can motivate people through listening to them, understanding their needs and aligning their goals with the company goals.”
Certainly a trait of all successful leaders is their ability to not only understand what they need, but what others around them also require. Michelle continued on the same theme, showcasing the importance of a leader who can listen and learn.
“This serves the interest of both the employee and the company and creates a win-win situation. Integrity and honesty are fundamental. A leader who leads without integrity will eventually lose the trust and confidence of the team. Winning that trust back will be an uphill struggle."
Another interesting insight was put forward in an interview by Mr. Manuel Herranz, the owner of Pangeanic. In a forthright interview on the question of leader, he put across some very important points regarding the energy required for strong leadership.
“A great leader is always passionate about what he or she does. Yet, he is aware that he will not achieve his goals if the team around him does not match his vision. He may fail, and honestly explain what went wrong and what has been learnt. That will make him gain respect and build on.”
The importance of being fearless about failure is something that featured strongly when looking at so many different aspects of leadership.
We’re absolutely delighted to have taken in such a wide range of opinion during this discussion. Another person who we spoke to was Nicolaos Moubayed, a Digital Marketing Consultant from London. He was pretty open when we spoke to him about what he believes makes a successful leader.
He began by explaining the importance of being able to overcome hurdles. “Looking at leaders from all walks of life and all kind of industries, the #1 skill that stands out and that is consistent among extraordinary leaders is the skill to persist and conquer adversity.”
“It is in the process of overcoming tough times through creative solutions that helps leaders to emerge stronger, more resilient, more committed and more sure of themselves and their purpose. It is this process itself that cultivates the leaders’ distinctive qualities.“
“The same way crucibles were used to turn base metals into gold in medieval times,” he added, “overcoming adversity is the crucible that turns leaders into extraordinary ones.”
In thoroughly engaging discussion, we were able to gather much about what has helped other leaders reach the apex of their professional destination. What do you think makes a strong leader?