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7 Traits of A Leader Worth Following

Contain your fears

Leaders are not immune to fears. They work towards controlling and learning from them.

Instead of succumbing to their environment, great leaders proactively create the change they seek to make.

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7 Traits of A Leader Worth Following

7 Traits of A Leader Worth Following

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Be precise in communication

The best leaders know how to take complex ideas and arguments and distill them down into simple language.

One way to practice this is by reducing a full-page memo to half a page and then getting the message down to the size of a notecard. 

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their ingenuity.”

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their ingenuity.”

Own up to your mistakes

A leader worth following accepts the blame, apologizes, buries the worry, and then puts all of the energy into the next objective.

Ruthlessly seek out blind spots

Leadership is a constant work in progress: Leaders open themselves up to criticism and surround themselves with others who challenge their way of thinking.

Reprimand in private

...  and praise in public. 

They understand that shaming someone in public can do more damage than the initial misstep.

Great leaders do not seek the spotlight and cast the light onto team members who could use the boost.

Contain your fears

Leaders are not immune to fears. They work towards controlling and learning from them.

Instead of succumbing to their environment, great leaders proactively create the change they seek to make.

Reserve time for self-reflection

Great leaders reflect on what went well, what didn't, what they learned and how they can improve. 

They put their thoughts down on paper to ensure their mistakes today are not repeated tomorrow.

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