The qualities of a good leader are not defined the same by everyone. That being said, we all know the qualities of a good leader when we see those qualities in action. One thing is certain, in a list of the qualities of a good leader, having a high Leadership Limit is always near the top. Knowing your Leadership Limit and consistently and honestly working to improve that limit is one of the best ways to motivate your team. When you are operating at your highest level of ability possible, each member of your team will be producing at their highest level of potential. That’s truly a win/win situation. Think about it—we all want to be world-class, right?
If I were to ask ten people to name a world-class leader, I would probably get the name of ten different leaders. That’s terrific! Each one of us has a check list in our head of the qualities of a good leader. What would be true of each of these leaders is that they have a high Leadership Limit. Their level of leadership ability allows them to lead families, civic groups, athletic teams, organizations, governments, militaries, or countries in a fashion that is world class.
I am a bit of a history buff, so if asked to name a world-class leader, President Dwight D. Eisenhower comes to mind. He was a farm boy who went on to become a 5-star Army General and 34th President of the United States. He was the leader who planned, organized, and stood at the helm of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. Thanks to his world-class leadership, we live in a free world today. In 1965, President Eisenhower wrote an article for Reader’s Digest entitled, What is Leadership. Studying some of the great, world-class leaders from history and learning about what they considered to be qualities of a good leader and who they thought were outstanding leaders is a wonderful way to help raise your own Leadership Limit.
I’d enjoy hearing from you. We can continue this conversation on the idea of the Leadership Limit. Let me know what you think of President Eisenhower’s article, or what you’ve discovered about yourself and your own Leadership Limit. Until next time, be of good cheer.