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What defines Leadership?

Kriti Jain, Expert on Leadership Decision Making, Diversity & Inclusion, Organizational Change

Kriti Jain
Leadership Decision Making Expert, D&I, Organizational Change

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’.’

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Matt Marsh, Business Breakthrough Specialist. Consultant, Coach, Author & Visiting Professor

Matt Marsh
Business Breakthrough Specialist, Consultant, Coach, Author, Visiting Professor

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.

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Flooris Van Der Walt
Author, Executive, Mindset Transformational Coach

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.

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Jeff Gothelf - Coach, Speaker, Author & Consultant

Jeff Gothelf
Coach, Speaker & Author: Agility, Digital Transformation, Product Management & HCD

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.

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Erik Hiep
Managing Director (The Next Level), Author, Associate Professor at IE Business School

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.

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Paul Hunter, Strategic Management Institute Managing Director

Paul Hunter
Managing Director of the Strategic Management Institute

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.

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