What’s the difference between a good leader vs. a poor leader? What do good leaders do differently? It’s an essential question every leader must ask.
A great leader does not divide, whether by words or actions;
A great leader uses “we & us” words;
A poor leader escalates problems rather than waters them down;
A poor leader blames rather than finding solutions;
A poor leader plays the man and not the ball;
A poor leader puts more emphasis on “being right” than getting the “right results” for the company;
A poor leader does not think win/win;
A great leader has strong self-esteem;
A great leader brings people together and helps navigate the differences;
A poor leader alienates people with a “blame culture”;
A great leader removes the “blame culture” and replaces it with a “solutions culture”;
A great leader needs to work with all sorts of people and bring them along for the journey;
A great leader looks for the best in others;
Great companies have great leaders who shape their culture. Leadership is not easy. If it was, everyone would be doing it.
Building the right culture is also not easy. But it’s the culture that determines the kind of lasting company (beyond the leader) you will have and that’s shaped by the leader.
Being the leader of your business can many times be a thankless job, but you must be the “rubber cup” that keeps bouncing back and never breaks and keeps smiling and persisting.