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What defines Leadership?
Our prototypical leaders of today are flamboyant, loud, and very visible. True leadership involves creating something that can run even after the leader has faded away. Ancient wisdom from Lao Tzu sums it up well for me, ‘A leader is best when people barely know he/she exists...when work is done, aims fulfilled, they will all say, ‘We did this ourselves’.’Know more about Kriti Jain →
The ability to embed a sense of confidence that new, better things are possible, and ensuring that colleagues possess the agency to act on making those possibilities happen.Know more about Matt Marsh →
A leader has followers. This means people have to be convinced of the stand the leader is taking and therefore want to be led by the person. This is unfortunately not the case with business leaders, because the employees are not always convinced of the stand of their leader, or the leader was appointed by others or the employee was not aware of the character of the leader when the position was accepted. Once a business leader has followers, then s/he is a leader.Know more about Flooris Van Der Walt →
In my opinion, leadership today is defined by an insatiable curiosity, a deep sense of humility and a desire to hire people better/smarter than yourself and ensure they have everything they need to succeed. In other words, leadership today must be egoless.Know more about Jeff Gothelf →
Winning organisations have strong teams with strong people. So, it starts with the individual team member. Every one of them should bring in the qualities that make them stand out. By owning their part of the challenges ahead, team members are dedicated to deliver. Thus, every team member is a leader in respect of his own sweet spot: the imaginary meeting point between their value and impact, strength and skills and, of course, passion and energy.Know more about Erik Hiep →
The primary role of the leader is to satisfy the expectations of shareholders and other stakeholders. To do this they must lead the organisation in the ‘right’ direction. The ‘right’ direction is defined by strategy. An ability to develop, implement and adjust to the right strategy defines the role of a successful corporate leader.Know more about Paul Hunter →
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