Leaders on the silver screen are resolute, skilled, stoic, single-minded – and they always succeed. They often have one drawback, epic failure or accident to overcome, but overcome they do. Scripts are marvelous things. Real life is different, but every leader has planned, tried, failed, tried again, and succeeded. Leaders show certain personality traits that indicate how they formulate the future they want, how they will respond to failure, and how they will stay on track so they ultimately succeed – repeatedly. Those traits carry them – and those they lead – onward. What are the four powerful leadership traits that successful leaders exhibit?
They feel it so bad, they can taste it. Some people want to build a company, be the best sales professional in the business, create and manage the best marketing campaign, develop the greatest cure, or build the clearest system for analyzing protein structure. The goal does not matter, the leader’s style is less important, but the passion they have for what they do, how they do it, and how they deal with each stage is paramount. Leaders are passionate about succeeding.
Anger and frustration may be OK when you are alone, but getting angry or showing frustration with team members when things go wrong, does not encourage them to do their best, it encourages them to avoid the anger and frustration they just experienced. Failure is corrected or avoided by attention to detail. Patience is a supportive trait that encourages “trying again to get it right.” Patience is the slow-burning fuel of long-term success.
Stoicism is about self-control and inner fortitude to see beyond the bad present, and to overcome the current problems. Not all problems are self-induced, some are the fall-out from a competitor’s scientific advance or their great new marketing campaign. Stoicism helps leaders stay true to themselves, their goals and their team members. Problems and setbacks come continually, not just once like they do in an action film, and this trait also fuels a leader.
Leaders make decisions. They make them and act on them. Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote “Well done is better than well said” is as true in the world of medical devices and biotechnology as it was in the Revolutionary War. Leaders know their vision of the future, they have established the standards everyone will work to, they have agreed the goals everyone will work towards. These are the beacon and the guide on their path to greatness. Stoicism keeps them on that path.
Knowing the right destination and how to get there is critical to success. Passion, patience, stoicism and decisiveness are essential to keeping leaders on the path.
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