A picture says more than thousand words. Just two metaphors can describe great leadership: A Compass and a Coach. Like a Compass, great leaders show the right direction based on visionary insights without micromanaging the journey. Like a Coach, great leaders engage people to achieve success together, developing individual strengths and ensuring that nobody is left behind along the journey. Combined with a humble Character, based on effective principles such as integrity, loyalty and altruism, you get the 3 C’s of Leadership: Character, Compass, Coach – and a Leadership Definition in one simple paragraph.
Great Leaders are not so much bothered about being interesting, but rather being interested. Voltaire (1694 – 1778) said “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers”. In that sense, leaders may focus on asking the right question in the right circumstances using the right tone rather than believing they always have to have the right answer.
In fact, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” (John C. Maxwell)