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Chris, a loyal reader of my BLOG for the past few years recently sent in the following question:
"What makes a good leader?"
Great question Chris. I saw Colin Powell, one of my heroes speak a few years ago and he addressed this very question. In fact I loved what he had to say on the topic of being a good leader so much that I often share his philosophy when I speak to executives and leaders of companies.
I am paraphrasing here but essentially he said that a good leader is someone whose troops will follow him/her if for no other reason than out of curiosity.
You see a leader establishes a real connection to the people they lead by demonstrating every day his or her own commitment to them as individuals. It doesn't happen overnight and it certainly doesn't happen because a leader deems it to be so. Real leaders understand they have to prove themselves through their actions, their commitments and their own follow-through. It's when they show they are willing to make the investment in the people they are in charge of that real trust is built. That trust is a bond that is often unbreakable.
Build that trust and be a true leader and the people you lead won't ask why you are taking them where you are. They'll simply say "let's go!"
Want some more references on leadership? Check out:
Colin Powell's presentation on leadership: http://www.blaisdell.com/powell/
Also check out Colonel Thomas Magness's BLOG: http://leaderbusiness.blogspot.com/