What Makes a Great Leader

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    Colleen bail
    Participant
    When running a company I ask myself a lot what makes a good boss/CEO/Leader. I was always told a boss will tell someone what to do while a leader will be right there in the thick of things showing employees and doing it themselves. So I was curious, to you what makes a good CEO? What do you think should be done for you want to work for someone?
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    Thandi Pope
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    I always say leading by example is what makes a great leader. How do I expect my team to do things for me that I can’t do for myself. I have always been a show by example type of person and it has worked for me so far. Also an open line of communication, if you can’t talk to your employees and vice versa then nothing will ever get done. Those two factors are huge when it comes for me thinking of a great leader
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    Kevin Garnet
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    For me it is someone who will get in and get their hands dirty with their people. To lead means to take charge but if you are only giving instructions but not leading by example then we might as well just read the instructions ourselves. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Also make sure to listen to you employees, no one hates anything more then not being listened to.
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    Colleen bail
    Participant
    I agree with you, I was always taught that a great leader was one that would get in there with his people. I think its hard to lead when you don’t know the ins and outs of what you’re doing.
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    Akshay M
    Participant
    Great leaders possess good judgment. They know who to bring onto their team, they know their own limitations, and they know their own abilities.

    They are protective. They know that everything their groups do starts with them. They take the heat for the screw-ups; never throwing their people “under the bus” in front of outsiders.

    They are flexible. They can deal with all types of people, personalities, and situations. They care about the ends most, and much less about the means – yet will always do the right thing and maintain their integrity.

    They are generous. They spend their days giving advice, direction, and resources; knowing they’ll only get back a portion of what they put in.

    They laugh. They know situations are never as dark as they seem, and their followers can feel it.

    They are transparent. They have no hidden agendas. What you see is what you’ll get.

    They are communicators. They are comfortable and well-versed at speaking to anybody and any number of people. They are also listeners, and encourage their people to speak their minds in private without fear of retribution.

    They are kind. They are above acting in a malicious manner. They stop resentment before it even has a chance to take root.

    They are motivators. They share their vision with their followers and inspire them to act.

    They are learners; both of themselves and others. Great leaders stay on the cutting edge of their profession.

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    Julia Merrace 
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    A leader to me is someone who leads by example. I used to have a boss who would give us assignments but when we struggled she would hop in and help us. She would assist us however we needed. Knowing that to lead and to be a boss are sometimes two different things.
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    Colleen bail
    Participant

    Julia Merrace : A leader to me is someone who leads by example. I used to have a boss who would give us assignments but when we struggled she would hop in and help us. She would assist us however we needed. Knowing that to lead and to be a boss are sometimes two different things.

     

    Leading by example is always my go to thought when it comes to leadership. People can tell you what to do all day but that is a manager. Anyone can manage it takes a special type of person to truly lead.

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    Christopher B
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    A great leader to me is someone who can be there for their team when needed. They don’t just bark orders, they work through the troubles with them and help bring them out of the struggling time to make the whole team stronger. If you can’t understand the teams perspective then how can you expect them to respect you or want to follow you? They need to be comfortable with you and be able to know they can turn to you in their time of need. There are a lot of things that make leader great, I don’t think we can pinpoint just one thing.
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    Brandon Vue
    Participant
    Mmm I think I’m with the majority here, a leader will get in the trenches with you. They won’t tell you what to do without doing it themselves.
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    Colleen bail
    Participant

    Brandon Vue: Mmm I think I’m with the majority here, a leader will get in the trenches with you. They won’t tell you what to do without doing it themselves.

    I like that, will get in the trenches with you. I know a lot that will never get their hands dirty.

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    Grayson Dodson
    Participant
    The age old question that everyone always wants to know. What makes a good leader?

    Well honestly I think there is really no perfect answer, everyone has their own opinion on this subject. I feel like something everyone can agree on is that it’s someone who will do the work right along with their employees. But another part for me is the quality that can’t really be taught and some people just have. Its a good moral compass and a compassion for working with people. They need to have been in our shoes so they can understand what we are going through. If you can’t be relatable then you can’t lead.

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    Anthony Pistole
    Participant
    Well now is the time when leaders true leaders have the time to shine. With everyone working at home this is the time for people to really help their employees to get through this challenging time. They need to step up and be the crutch employees need.
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