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Alexandria Joy - Sunday, October 12, 2014

I truly believe there is a big difference between effectively managing and effectively leading. 

We've all had a manager that doesn't do a very good job of getting people excited about coming to work in fact, you wonder how they ended up managing people in the first place. Perhaps they were a great individual operator or a technical whiz and through a series of promotions, ended up managing people. Managing (or being a people manager) often has many tactical components. Setting goals, monitoring productivity, ensuring the right people are doing the right things. 

And then there is the leader. Here's few things I believe to be true when it comes to extraordinary leaders:

  • THEY HAVE PASSION - We all have desire within us to be, and do, something great, and when you find someone that is passionate, its easy to follow them.

  • ITS NOT ABOUT THE TITLE - A true leader stands out well before they have been called for leadership duty. Put them in any situation, and they will step up and lead without ever being asked, regardless of their title.

  • THEY ARE RESPECTED - Being respected and being popular are two totally different things. Being a leader is about making tough decisions and doing whats right. Leaders are role models to many and this comes with responsibilities. 
These are just a few of the qualities I've noticed in the leaders I admire. Beneath these are two critical foundations required to form rock solid relationships Watch this episode of UQTV to see how you can develop yourself in these two areas.

Now I’d love to hear from you. 
What characteristics or personal traits do you look for and admire in a leader? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Remember keep on building a life, business or career that plays to your unique strengths – the best thing you can do to change the world and become a great leader worth following is to #startwithU.

Heidi Alexandra 
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Sue Painter commented on 14-Oct-2014 09:31 AM
Totally agree that leadership can be demonstrated from the "bottom" on up. Truly great teams all have empowered leaders.
Mary Ellen Miller commented on 14-Oct-2014 12:22 PM
Heidi I completely agree that honesty is huge in leadership! You are so right that we want our leaders to know what's right and what's wrong. You are right also that the communication of a vision that inspires is important as well. Thanks for the reminder to listen to Simon Sinek's TED talk. I heard it is great.
Jessica commented on 18-Oct-2014 11:48 AM
I agree that honesty is important and as you said credibility reveals that honesty. Inspiration and vision is what draws me to leaders!
Trudy Scott commented on 19-Oct-2014 01:58 PM
This really stands out for me: "A true leader stands out well before they have been called for leadership duty. Put them in any situation, and they will step up and lead without ever being asked, regardless of their title." Yes!
Mira commented on 20-Oct-2014 10:15 AM
Leadership is important, especially as I'm building my small business I become more aware of how I need to remember/focus on these kinds of things for when I need them.

And thanks for another great video.
Mitch Tublin commented on 20-Oct-2014 01:20 PM
Great Leaders are more interested in creating future great leaders. They understand this is their main objective. Managers are often not leaders as their role/job description is more 'task' oriented.
It begins with the inner mindset on what is most important. Everything begins there.

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