Over the last several weeks, I’ve discussed ten qualities that I think go into true leaders. No doubt there are more qualities that help in leadership positions, but the ten I chose were: ambition, technical competence, vision, humor, empathy, organizational awareness, optimism, respect, adaptability, and the ability to cultivate others.
It’s a daunting list, I know. But it’s important to remember that leaders are made, not born, and that all of us have areas in which we need improvement. You may be ambitious, competent, and blessed with the ability to understand the political undercurrents of any group situation, for instance, but lacking in empathy or an ability to cultivate others. Conversely, you may be brimming with empathy, respect, and vision, but a little clueless on organizational politics or lacking in ambition.
I started this leadership series specifically because I know that sometimes people want to advance, want to get promotions, and want to become leaders, but aren’t exactly sure they have what they need to get there.
Use the list as a vision of where you’d like to go. And then remember that cultivating these qualities, like all of Business EQ, takes time, insight, and patience.