WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER?

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Daniel Goleman says,

When asked to define the ideal leader, many would emphasize traits such as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision—the qualities traditionally associated with leadership. Such skills and smarts are necessary but insufficient qualities for the leader. Often left off the list are softer, more personal qualities—but they are also essential. Although a certain degree of analytical and technical skill is a minimum requirement for success, studies indicate that emotional intelligence may be the key attribute that distinguishes outstanding performers from those who are merely adequate.

Psychologist and author Daniel Goleman first brought the term “emotional intelligence” to a wide audience with his 1995 book of the same name, and Goleman first applied the concept to business with this 1998 classic HBR article. In his research at nearly 200 large, global companies, Goleman found that truly effective leaders are distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence. Without it, a person can have first-class training, an incisive mind, and an endless supply of good ideas, but he still won’t be a great leader.

The chief components of emotional intelligence—self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill—can sound unbusinesslike, but Goleman, cochair of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based at Rutgers University, found direct ties between emotional intelligence and measurable business results. The notion of emotional intelligence and its relevance to business has continued to spark debate over the past six years, but Goleman’s article remains the definitive reference on the subject, with a detailed discussion of each component of emotional intelligence, how to recognize it in potential leaders, how and why it connects to performance, and how it can be learned.

 

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TIME FOR A CHANGE?

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MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES

Success is something you have to pursue, it’s not something you can wait for. Your destiny isn’t a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice.

Don’t wait for an extraordinary opportunity. Seize common occasions and make them great. Your greatest opportunities will often come disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.

Start where you are. Act on your dreams and you can live them. There are golden opportunities all around you.

MAKE CHANGE A POSITIVE PART OF YOUR LIFE

You must avoid breaking when things don’t go your way. You’ll always be secure to the degree that you accept change.

True security comes from being able to bend your insecurities.

Recognize and accept that change will inevitably take place. You’ll become secure, not by standing still,

but by growing, moving, and staying energized.

Be secure in the knowledge that you can deal with anything that happens to you.

Have the courage to bet on your ideas. Take some calculated risks and act on your dreams.

There is no permanent security on this earth, there is only opportunity.

YOU DO NOT EXIST FOR YOURSELF

Your success depends on the support of other people. The only hurdle between you and what you want to be, is the support of others.

Put yourself in another’s place, and you’ll know why they think and do certain things. You can succeed fastest by helping others to succeed.

Always think in terms of what the other person wants. You’ll get everything in life that you want if you’ll help enough other people get what they want. Doing things for others always pays dividends.

Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.

You’re not an isolated island. You’re a piece of the planet, a piece of the universe.

When you help someone’s boat across a river, you’ll find your own boat has reached the shore too.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU REPEATEDLY DO

First you make your habits, and then your habits make you. You become a slave to your constantly repeated acts. What at first you chose, at last compels.

Your thoughts lead you to a purpose. Your purpose moves you to take action. Your actions form your habits.

Your habits determine your character, and your character fixes your destiny.

Your habits are either the best of servants or the worst of masters.

Once in motion, a pattern tends to stay in motion.

LEADERSHIP IS ACTION NOT POSITION

All successful people became successful, because they gave some talent or ability in the  service of others.

You can contribute in some way to others, no matter how small your talent. You too, can become successful.

No one achieves success without being of service.

Successful people don’t use others, other people use the successful, for above all success is of service.

Everyone has to be someone to someone to be anyone. Service is the essence of success.