Practice what you preach
~ Surprisingly, this can be difficult for people. It takes lots of courage to practice what you preach, particularly in the face of adversity. It can set you apart from others which can feel uncomfortable. But this is what separates the great leaders from the bad. It’s hard to be motivated when your leader is telling you something that you know they themselves don’t do. Have integrity
~ This means the leader lives their values, by acting with honour and truthfulness, in relationships with family, coworkers, customers and stakeholders. Great leaders have strong ethical/moral compasses that they constantly live by 24/7, not just when it’s convenient. Take responsibility
~ When the going gets tough, great leaders will take ownership for what’s happening. Great leadership doesn’t mean that you only look at and react to the positive. Negative situations distinguish the good from the great. Great leaders will not blame others but recognize that they had a part to play in whatever the situation is before them. As a result, they will admit responsibility for any failure and be the first to recognize others in times of success. Roll up your sleeves
~ Pitch in and do the work when needed. Great leaders understand that leadership doesn’t exempt them from pitching in and helping out where and when needed. Yes, leaders may have teams that support their cause, but they also do whatever is needed to reach their vision and goals. So if the garbage needs to be taken out, do it. Capitalize on the strengths of those around you
~ Great leaders understand that their success is directly related to those around them. Great leadership is not a one person show. Support is needed from many people. Great leaders know this and are willing to use other strengths to help obtain their vision and goals. As a result, great leaders know their areas of weakness and support it with others who shine in these areas without feeling threatened.