How to Be a Leader That Others Envy

posted by Chris Valentine

Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, these are giants in business that others envy. How are they able to generate the respect of even the titans of industry? Here are some of their characteristics that cause them to be envied.

They Show their Passion

Passion is about creating an undeniable desire to achieve your goal. It means having a fire in your belly and ensuring that you have enough coal to keep that fire burning bright.

Leaders who are passionate about what they are doing inspire others and get them to take chances. Out of their unflappable gusto, they have an amazing ability to attract the support of influential people.

This includes investors and skilled team members who can make the difference on a project. For example, in a complicated industry like construction, a leader like Lloyd Claycomb ll, CEO and Chairman of the Board of United Builders Service, Inc. must constantly inspire his crews to do exemplary work on very complex construction projects. So putting your passion out front makes you both enviable and magnetic.

They Execute

At the end of the day, without execution, there is only conversation. So, if the goal is to get something done, you have to execute. A subtext to any conversation about the great leaders whether it is Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or George Patton, is that in spite of the great odds against them, they got it done.

The forces against you getting it done will be great and at times they will seem insurmountable, but this underlines why so many become envious of great leaders; they recognize and respect the tenacity and skill that it takes to accomplish things. Execute and be envied.

They Hire Great Teams

Great leaders know that they will be judged partially by the people with whom they surround themselves. The higher the quality of the individuals around them, the more respect they will garner. Smart leaders realize that everyone has weaknesses, so they hire theirs.

They hire a stellar team of superstars with harmonizing skills, experiences and backgrounds, and keep them motivated to a singular goal; to win. This strategy tells those who come in contact with you the level of seriousness you have toward reaching your goals.

They Trust their Gut Instincts

Business is about analysis and relying on the data to give you an understanding of where things are, where the market is and what is going right or wrong, why, and what you should do next. And today there are tools to drown you in this type of data.

There is no doubt that data will be helpful in narrowing down choices. However, everyone you compete against will have similar data and at the end of the day, there will be a need for you to make judgment calls.

Great business people know that sometimes, data has its limits and they can never replace the gut instinct that has been developed by a great leader. Some of the best just know when something feels wrong or right. This is a skilled that can be honed and should always be consulted in the decision making process.

These qualities are common among the top leaders today and throughout history. So take note of them if you want to lead.

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