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4 key qualities for great leadership

John C. Maxwell

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” 

John C. Maxwell

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Robin S. Sharma

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“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.”

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” 

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” 

Passion is an essential element for success

A leader will never be able to motivate his team if he or she is not full of passion concerning the work that is done. It is the number one quality for success.

Only those with vision and passion can build up a passionate team. Passion brings out more positivity, honesty, reliability, and professionalism, in the leader and subordinates, and those are the building blocks of leadership.

Teamwork and leadership

Being good at teamwork is a requirement to lead. A leader must get along with and be able to rely on others.

Finding and cultivating the best in each teammate while showing appreciation for their successes is something only great leaders are able to do.

Communication and motivation

Only through the right communication a leader can be a good motivator and make his team feel valued, which is highly important for being successful.

Curiosity and leadership

Curiosity to keep learning allows leaders to aim for improvement in their business and team.

Curiosity can be found in any area. It can be the curiosity towards colleagues, towards business news or simply what is going on in the city. A great leader is always eager to learn, especially to learn from others.

"My favorite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities." 

"My favorite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities." 

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