22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader

“It’s true that imitation is one of the greatest forms of flattery, but not when it comes to leadership—and every great leader in my life, from Mike Tomlin to Olympic ski coach Scott Rawles, led from a place of authenticity. Learn from others, read autobiographies of your favorite leaders, pick up skills along the way… but never lose your authentic voice, opinions and, ultimately, how you make decisions.” — Jeremy Bloom, Cofounder and CEO, Integrate Read This: Fueled By Failure: Using Detours and Defeats to Power Progress by Jeremy Bloom | Amazon | eBooks.com | Barnes & Noble Read_More Related posts: Become a Respected, Successful Leader in 2019 With This $29 Course Own Your Life Story to Find Happiness and Be a Better Leader Are You a Boss or a Leader? How to Delegate Better and Become a Great Leader Want to Be a Great Leader? Here’s Why Personal Mastery Is the Single Best […]

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How Ryan Dossey Pushed Past Fear to Lead a Happier, More Successful Life

Lead from a position of strength. August 19, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Ryan Dossey, founder of Call Porter, a support company for real estate investors. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Ryan Dossey: Growing up, I watched my grandfather bust his back as a pharmaceutical sales rep. He and my grandmother grew apart as a result, and she got heartbreakingly bitter, so it was incredible to watch them fall back in love when he retired. But then, she had a stroke 12 months later. She forgot his name, and her mental capacity reverted to that of a 12 year old. Now he’s her caretaker. He worked so hard for decades to enjoy just one year. […]

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How Better Communication Skills Can Make You a Better Leader

Develop the skills of persuasion and assertiveness with this $15 course. March 29, 2019 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. When it comes down to demonstrating your ability to take the lead at work, putting your money where your mouth isn’t just an idea — it can be tantamount to your success. Of course, taking the appropriate actions to display your competency and showcasing your ability to manage people is tremendously important — but developing the appropriate communication skills is sometimes grossly overlooked. Saying the right thing at the right time can make the difference between closing a deal and losing a client, alienating an employee or developing a loyal teammate for life. Here are a […]

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I Spent Two Days with Decorated War Veterans. Here’s What I Learned About Leadership.

Eleven combat-tested lessons to win in business and life. March 12, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This is a guest post by Steve Costello, head of membership and co-founder of The Oracles, a mastermind group composed of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. I recently attended Echelon Front MUSTER, an intensive two-day training that teaches combat leadership principles to build high-performance, winning teams. The event was hosted by decorated elite combat veterans, including Navy SEALs, a Marine TOPGUN pilot, and an Army tank commander.  Everyone there had their own business challenges, from rapidly changing technology to recruiting good people. Retired Navy SEAL officer Leif Babin gave one solution to all of them: leadership. In the Battle of Ramadi during the Iraq War, Babin and his counterparts learned invaluable and painful leadership lessons, which they have since tested in business. Here are 11 of them. 1. […]

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Become a Respected, Successful Leader in 2019 With This $29 Course

With seven courses and more than 18 hours of instruction, you’ll be climbing the ranks in no time. March 5, 2019 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. If you’re in a leadership role, or you hope to achieve one, do yourself (and your team) a favor and pick up The Executive Leadership Bundle. This bundle is jam-packed with applicable strategies, communication techniques, and knowledge about what makes a well-respected, successful leader. With seven courses and over 18 hours of instruction, you’ll be climbing the ranks in no time. Here’s what’s included: Management: 8 Practical Ways To Motivate & Engage Your Team Everyone is different, and what motivates one person, may have no effect on the other. […]

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4 Must-Have Leadership Qualities

Tenacity is more important than brilliance. February 25, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Well-known successful businesspeople often share qualities that make them great leaders. There’s no shortage of lists and reports that promise to boil down the recipe. Established authors have cited as few as seven — and as many as 40 — leadership traits to develop. Look more closely at their descriptions, though, and you can simplify it even further: There really are just four leadership qualities that are true must-haves for great leaders. 1. Vision. The most successful businesspeople of the modern era don’t just sell products. Often, they’re motivated by a personal vision of how they’d like the world to be. According to trainer and Fabulous Body Founder Akash Sehrawat, “Very successful people strive every minute of their day to turn their vision into reality.” Bill Gates had a clear vision […]

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Become a More Effective Leader with Help From a Former Google Team Lead

‘Coach Your Team to Success’ provides tips on how to become an effective leader that inspires employees through constructive coaching. February 24, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Who was the best boss you ever had? It was likely an individual who inspired your team and taught by example. Exemplary leaders don’t just hand their followers fish; they teach them how to fish, and the same can be said about any effective manager, no matter what industry you’re in. If you’re searching for ways to better lead your team, or wish to lead a team in the future, this $19.99 course by Cory Caprista can show you how. Coach Your Team To Success was developed […]

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Are You a Boss or a Leader?

Bosses command, leaders influence. December 4, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Excerpted from Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear by Richard Sheridan; foreword by Tom Peters, in agreement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © Richard Sheridan, 2018. Bosses have a trump card that leaders do not have. Bosses can do the thing that our parents did that drove us crazy as kids. They can respond to “Why?” with “Because I said so!” Related: 50 Rules for Being a Great Leader People who influence positive and beneficial outcomes, without the hammer of “Because I said so!” at their disposal, are good leaders, whether they are bosses or not. Bosses who use a “Because I said so!” approach are not leaders. Bosses can have short, quick solutions to complex […]

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10 Proven Ways Good Leaders Build Trust With Their Employees (Infographic)

November 17, 2018 2 min read According to an infographic by Business Backer, 93 percent of employees feel that trust in their boss is essential to being satisfied at work. Employees who aren’t satisfied might be tempted to work with less excitement, to miss work or cause problems within the workplace. That’s why, if you want to keep your business running smoothly, it’s important to build trust with your employees. Good leaders use all sorts of communication tricks to learn what their employees are feeling, adapt based on those feelings and then clearly explain what to do next. This infographic breaks down 10 proven ways to build trust, which include: Show them the big picture. If your employees can understand the company’s direction, they can contextualize their efforts and see why they’re important. That’s why you should always introduce company goals, ways of working and role expectations for every new […]

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4 Ways to Immediately Earn the Respect of Those You Lead (And How to Keep It)

Are you a leader? If so, earning respect is only half the battle; keeping it is just as important – and difficult. November 14, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Are you ready to lead? If you want to succeed, you had better be. I’ve said before that the number one skill I’d focus on to achieve success in business and life is leadership. Leadership is the key to boosting productivity, creating more value in your organization and even changing the lives of the people you’re responsible for. Related: 50 Rules for Being a Great Leader But, to be an effective leader, you can’t just come in and start throwing your weight around. You have to command respect. That doesn’t come from just coming in and saying “I’m the leader, listen to me.” You have to earn it. And once earned, you have to […]

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Why True Leaders Acknowledge Reality (And Their Own Mistakes)

Brian Tracy lists a few important traits that crop up in strong leaders. November 12, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy talks about the attributes that make a good leader. They include: Good leaders know honesty and integrity are the foundations of leadership. There are difference between those who are successful young, those who are temporarily successful and those who remain successful. The differentiating factor among these people is strength of character and integrity. In othe words, leaders do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.  Leaders keep their promises.  Leaders are not fearful of speaking with honesty. They are also not averse to facing the truth or to see the world as it really is.  Leaders need to be able to be courageous but also receptive to the fact they may be wrong. Tracy notes that with […]

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This Is the Most Lucrative Skill Set Today, According to Successful Entrepreneur Billy Gene Shaw

You won’t learn it in school, so this businessman is changing the education game. November 6, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with online marketing influencer and educator Billy Gene Shaw III, the founder and CEO of Billy Gene Is Marketing. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?  Billy Gene Shaw: I’m an entrepreneur who went from living at my parents’ house with over $50,000 in debt to building a multi-million-dollar business four years later. Now, my school teaches other entrepreneurs how I did that: by getting customers online using Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Online marketing is hands-down the most lucrative skill set in the world today. Every business in the world needs it to survive. Yet few people know how to use this skill […]

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Leaders Who Rapidly Scale Companies Are ‘Wired’ for Success. Are You?

If you are seeking that winning leadership combination to scale your company, here’s what to look for. August 30, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Have you ever wondered why some fast-growing companies are destined to become the next Apple or Google, while others flounder, struggle or bite the dust? According to a study by the Kauffman Foundation of the 5,000 fastest growing U.S. companies, two-thirds (or about 67 percent) either shrank in size, went out of business or had been disadvantageously sold five to eight years later. Related: 50 Rules for Being a Great Leader Why such a high “failure” rate among companies once unstoppable? The truth is ventures don’t fail. Leaders do. If a company has cash flow or profitability problems, it’s a leadership failure. If customers are leaving for a competitor, that’s a leadership failure. For companies to scale, so must […]

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People Who Only Think of Themselves in Order to Get Ahead Are Not Leaders

It’s time we came up with a new term for those who build their businesses on the exploitation of others. August 20, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s a rite of passage for an entrepreneur: staring at a screen, business card template open and cursor blinking on the line below your name — what’s it going to be? CEO? President? Founder? Perhaps you eschew the title and focus on the role: consultant; artist; contractor; imagineer? (Note: You’re gonna want a lawyer if you try that last one.) I typed in Chief Catalyst. Related: Your Narcissism Is Killing Your Employees’ Productivity. How to Avoid the Pitfalls. I’d loved the word since my freshman year of high school, when my chemistry teacher Mr. Broderick simplified it for me: “A catalyst makes amazing things happen faster — not by itself, but by unlocking the potential of what’s […]

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Do Salespeople Make Good Founders? Here’s What They Do (and Don’t) Bring to the Table.

I left a sales job to found my company. June 7, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There are so many stereotypes about different company departments: Marketing teams make things look pretty but don’t drive results; HR is either the politically correct police or the firing department; and the engineering team is vital but not strategic. Salespeople tend to be typecasted more than anyone: We’re pushy, greedy and self-centered. Related: 50 Rules for Being a Great Leader Stereotypes don’t formulate out of thin air, but they are usually exaggerated and imprecise; we all have our strengths and shortcomings. I found this out firsthand: A little over two years ago, I left my role as an SVP of sales at retail marketing company Promoboxx to scratch the entrepreneurial itch I always had. In 2016, I founded my own company, Spotted, a celebrity insights and research platform […]

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Why This Founder Leads Like George Washington, Not Napoleon Bonaparte

The choice to take the biggest office has more consequences than you think. May 16, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars talks with the founder of CNET, Halsey Minor. Minor emphasizes what has been important to him throughout his career as a company executive — always “lead from the front,” a phrase derived from the military. Leading from the front came in especially handy as CNET evolved from a content company into a Nasdaq 100 company.  No doubt, the trajectory of CNET taught Minor to consider how his decisions affect others. He emphasizes that everything he chose to celebrate (or refrain from celebrating) inside his company contributed to the culture of the company. He underlines how not having the largest salary or the largest office in a company will not affect your capabilities as a leader at all.  Minor explains […]

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I’ve Gone From Entrepreneur to the Corporate World and Back Again. This Is What It Takes to Lead a Company.

These are the critical success factors every CEO should consider. April 13, 2018 7 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I was a kid growing up in New Jersey, I had the idea of being an accountant firmly ingrained in my mind. I knew that accounting was a foundational element of business and working in that world would lead to fast success. After my first year of auditing public companies, I became frustrated by not being able to make a bigger difference. Shortly after, I transferred into the Price Waterhouse management consulting group in 1993 and began working on developing new ways to secure internet connected systems. In 1997, I moved to Ernst & Young, and by the time I was 27, […]

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How to Increase Your Employees’ Satisfaction Without Giving Them a Raise

It’s not just about the money. March 30, 2018 5 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s a common misconception that money is the main driver of employee satisfaction. It is, after all, a fairly reliable measure of how much a company values its employees. Naturally, employers would think that a pay raise is the best way to boost employee productivity. They’re often confused when that turns out not to be true and surprised to learn that the secret to improving productivity isn’t more money at all. The fact is that a productive business takes more than well-paid employees; it takes happy employees. For those surveyed in a 2014 TINYpulse poll, responders said that peers — not money — are the number one influence on […]

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