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3 attributes all leaders need

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Competence, compassion and commitment let you lead your team in a drive to excellence that’s more than the sum of its parts.

Here’s a breakdown of those three components:
  1. Competence doesn’t mean knowing how to do things better than everybody else, or trying to do it all yourself. Competent leaders execute their organization’s mission while at the same time helping people reach their potential. They have a feel for daily operational requirements, but don’t control every detail. Instead, they hire good people who complement their abilities and carry the organization’s mission forward.

  2. Compassion means you respect, empathize with and hold yourself accountable to others. Compassionate leaders try to act in the best interests of their employees and customers, and don’t mistake empathy with being either too lavish or too slow to change. Every single decision can’t be a win/win situation. Leadership means the toughest decisions will come to you for thoughtful resolution.

  3. Commitment requires understanding and communicating your organization’s purpose. Committed leaders bring their biggest dreams to light in ways that inspire everyone with a stake in the outcome. Forms of commitment may change with each leader, but the mission stays the same.
—Adapted from True to Yourself: Leading a Values- Based Business, Mark Albion, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

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