Does “leadership excellence” have a specific meaning to you? What do you think of when you hear the phrase “leadership excellence?” When I hear the phrase “leadership excellence,” I think of leaders that have obtained the highest level of leadership in whatever they are doing. These leaders have strong values and characteristics that add value to their organization.
Characteristics of Leadership Excellence
Three characteristics found in leaders with leadership excellence are vision, charisma, and innovation.
Leaders that have obtained leadership excellence have a vision. Their vision is a clear image of the future they see for themselves and those they lead. They have a strong set of both short and long-term goals and their vision inspires those around them.
So how do you become a leader with a vision? Start by setting goals. Be sure that those around you know your goals. Make goals that require you to stretch beyond your comfort zone using SMART goals. As others begin to know of your goals they will be inspired to set their own goals. By having your own vision of the future, you allow others to have a vision.
Charisma is a very important attribute of leadership excellence. Leaders with charisma draw people in and attract listeners. They have great speaking skills, but even more than their speaking skills, they are great listeners and listen to what others say. Their listening skills allow them to direct their conversations towards the needs of their listeners.
Some of the most charismatic leaders draw in an entire crowd just by entering a room. They are the people that speak in such a manner that they make you want to listen before you even know what they are talking about. To become a charismatic leader, you can practice speaking in public and get feedback from your listeners. Try to overcome your fears of speaking in public.
In line with both their vision and charisma, leaders that have obtained leadership excellence are innovative thinkers. They are not afraid to think outside the common norms within their field. They are also willing to ask questions others are afraid to ask.
In many organizations, there are specific questions that are considered to be the “un-discussible questions”. Not asking these questions inhibits innovation. The innovative leaders are willing to attack the un-discussibles head on. They ask the necessary questions to overcome obstacles. They also break down barriers on a regular basis. Leaders use their innovation to impact peoples lives in ways that other leaders have never considered.
Vision, charisma, and innovation are powerful characteristics that lead to leadership excellence. As you develop these characteristics in your own life, you will begin your journey toward leadership excellence. You will find unexpected doors opening up for you just because you are willing to set a standard for others to follow by thinking outside the box.
Why is having a vision important to leadership excellence? How does having charisma help you obtain leadership excellence? Are you innovative as you strive to obtain leadership excellence? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!