Leadership Characteristics- What are they for you?

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  • What do you think it means to be a leader?
  • What words sum up leadership in your mind?
  • What do you think are the characteristics of a good leader?
  • Name a leader you admire and importantly tell me Why?

The above are some of the questions I posed of the group at a recent in-house Senior Leadership workshop I ran recently.

The responses to all the questions were wide ranging however the biggest discussion was around the last question and in particular whether a certain person was or was not a leader by definition of the groups feedback.

Why not take a few minutes to think and then write your own answers down. Then importantly look at how you currently lead your group or team and see if you use those characteristics. If not the best time to start is now.

I thought I would share with you a few quotes that we used in the context of leadership and some of the insights on Leadership.

Definitions of Leadership:

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader”. – John Quincy Adams (6th US President and son of 2nd US President)

“Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximises the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.” -Kevin Kruse. 

“Good leaders push their people forward with excitement, inspiration, trust, and vision.” – unknown

“With the rise of the knowledge worker, “one does not ‘manage’ people,” “The task is to lead people. And the goal is to make productive the specific strengths and knowledge of every individual.” -Peter Drucker

Managers manage things. Leaders lead people.

In our observation and studies at MindStore of Leaders over time we noticed that they tended to display 4 main characteristics, very briefly these are:

  1. OOMPH- bags of energy and drive
  2. Positive in Nature- Delete Negativity
  3. Whole Brain Thinking- access left and right brain together
  4. Futurists- ability to visualise with clarity a Future History (FH)

Contact us if you would like to find out more about these characteristics and how these can be applied to your next Leadership Development or L&D workshop.

Tips to improve our Leadership skills:

To improve our leadership ability I believe we need to have the right attitude which demands control of three basic elements DESIRE-  BELIEF – EXPECTATION

DESIRE – when you can build a strong desire in you and your team you generate a strong emotive force to take action. Do this by identifying the benefits that will come as a result of having achieved an outcome. Desire is the passion to get going and continue when many would give up.

BELIEF– the energy that keeps you moving towards your goal. Learn how to Delete Negative programs and learn the secret of walking your talk by pretending you have already achieved your goal.


Let me share two short stories about Belief:

yoda in swamp xplane

Remember Star War’s – The Empire Strikes Back, the scene when Luke Skywalker attempts to get his X Plane out of the swamp he crashed into but fails. Yoda then steps up, closes his eyes, and with outstretched arms, pulls the plane from the swamp onto dryland. Luke stares in wonder. “I don’t believe it!” he says. Yoda looks at him pauses, sighs and then replies, “That is why you fail.”

It’s a reminder that success requires self- belief and a leader must infuse this belief within their team.



4 min mile roger bannister

Another story about belief is the 4 minute mile, Roger Bannister back in 1954, up till then no one believed it could be done, after placing 4th in 1952 Olympics he set a new goal, and publicly announced the 4 min mile as his goal. So his desire to succeed was high. In the May of 1953 he ran 4:03:06 so close that he realised it was within his reach, 1 year later, a whole 365 days to shave 4 sec’s, he ran 3:59:4 Goal Achieved!


EXPECTATION: Attracts you towards your Future History (FH) like a magnet. Learn how to expect success, to expect the goal to be achieved live act as if its already achieved.

Build expectation by reading other leaders success stories and by seeing your success FH regularly.

On the 4 min mile story ,More interestingly after Roger just 6 weeks later another runner did a sub 4m and in following years countless runners did it, even some high school kids! SO what happened?

What changed? BELIEF and EXPECTATION.

Other runners broke it because it was now easier to believe! They knew it could be done, the goal had become more achievable to them.

And Finally……………

A well known example of Desire, Belief and Expectation.



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