This past Tuesday I was honored to be the co-host of Lolly Daskal‘s (@lollydaskal) popular weekly Twitter chat, “Lead From Within” (#leadfromwithin). The theme was “Leadership and Attitude”, and Lolly’s first question was:
“What are the key attitudes of a leader?”
In case you missed my take on this question on Twitter, here are what I consider to be the 5 most important attitudes that a great leader must have:
- Positivity – “Looking at the literal world in a favorable way“. This is the essence of what I call being a “Half-Full” leader.
- Purpose – There must be a place you want to lead someone, or a group, (or yourself) TO
- Empathy & Compassion – I have to be able to walk a mile in the other person’s shoes, and apply the “Golden Rule“
- Humility – You want to make them BETTER than you. You shine the light on them.
- Love – You have to love leading, and not be afraid to talk about it, or express it.
We also chatted about how attitude can be “taught” – by rolling up the sleeves and leading by example. Talking the talk, AND walking the walk.
Showing the right attitudes can also build trust – for me, it’s by showing an “openness” and an ability to listen without prejudgment.
Lastly, I shared one of my favorite quotes, to reinforce my point about love:
“He treats them as his own beloved sons and they will stand by him until death” – Sun Tzu
Think about the attitudes you bring to the table as a leader, because they are vitally important to building a team that can get to greatness.
Thanks again Lolly, and to all those who so kindly participated in the chat, and lead well, everyone!