The Secrets of Successful Leaders

ST. 10 Feb 2014 by Dr. Lindsay, the author of  “Faith In The Halls of Power”

He interviewed 550 top decision-makers in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors, to study their thought processes and experiences. Eg. George Bush Senior, Jimmy Carter, Condoleezza Rice, Johnson & Johnson former CEO…

1. It actually does not matter where you go to school: Only 14% of the great leaders went to an Ivy League university.

2. It matters what the experience is.

3. Have mentors in the form of coaches or teachers.

4. “Relational Entrepreneurship“: Wide network of acquaintances and develop the ability to build connections with people and tap on those in advancing your careers.
The most important thing that you can do is to find an excuse to get connected with a high-capacity leader, and sometimes that occurs through volunteer work and sometimes through friends of a friend.

5. “Leadership Catalyst“: an experience or encounter that significantly improves your performance trajectory.

Most leaders have catalytic moments between the ages of 25 and 40.

6. Key to the success are the willingness to take smart risks and not being a “serial risk-taker” who could bring harm to your organisation.

7. Marriages that survive high-tension leadership stints are those where spouses do not lead separate lives.

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