Yes, we all have the ability to become great leaders. Training to be great leader means asking yourself, “How willing am I to acknowledge that some of my current behaviours are not that of a great leader?”
From our experience in working with leaders, we’ve identified three very specific behaviours they all share:
Incredibly humble and authentic
Love and value learning
Have an absolute belief in their people
Whilst this is not an exhaustive list of traits, these
are clear standouts, and yes these traits can be learnt. Forbes recently published research on essential leadership skills and the central message continuous to be ‘smart people are led by emotionally smart leaders’.
Melanie started Canva, in Australia in 2013 in a bid to make design accessible to all — including logos, business cards, marketing presentations etc. The company is now worth $54.5 billion.
With a staff of 600 she describes her leadership as “I feel my job is to set the vision and the goals for the company, and then to work with everyone to empower them to dream big and crazy”
In 2017 as part of our global leadership research, on great role models, we celebrated Peter winning the No.1 spot in Glassdoor’s (Highest Rated CEOs UK 2017 | Glassdoor) ‘Best place to work in Britain’. In 2019 he has claimed the top spot again Top CEOs UK 2019 | Glassdoor. Enjoy reading the 431 employee reviews (Anglian Water Reviews | Glassdoor) about why they love their workplace.
John, former CEO at Cisco and currently CEO at JC2 Ventures broadly defines his leadership success as the combination of “culture, strategy, and communications”. Perhaps the best way to truly know someone is to hear people who know him describe what it’s like to work with him (John Chambers: 20 Years of Leadership and Inspiration – YouTube), mostly describing him as truly authentic, great visionary and believe in the win-win for all.
Know that great leadership behaviours are learnt. Be absolutely encouraging towards yourself, as you continue to learn and develop. Key areas you may wish to focus on to develop your great leadership behaviours: