The difference between success and failure in any domain is almost always a great leader. No, not the entrepreneurial, charismatic pioneer we often think of, but the leader who, regardless of personality, influences and ultimately empowers their people to drive results long after the leader has moved on.
"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant, have humour, but without folly."
Great leaders not only inspire, but they attract the best people for the job, they give them the tools - proverbial or otherwise - that they need to succeed, they empower them with a worthwhile mission, and then...they get the hell out of the way.
Great leaders take ownership when things go wrong, and credit their people when things go right.
Great leaders don’t skirt around the elephant in the room. Great leaders leverage collective intelligence to steer a ship in the right direction.
Finally, great leaders know that a title doesn’t make them a leader...their people do.If your leaders are more inclined to play politics, dictate terms, and avoid difficult conversations, then your company is likely to pay an incredibly price.
In today’s fast moving environment, adaptable and resilience leadership is a pre-requisite to building not only a company that thrives today but also well into the future.