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Great Leadership Requires Beliefs, Mindset and Behaviors

Great leadership is an art.

It is the art of achieving progress through the involvement and actions of others.

Great leaders perform this art, and attain desired results, by having a personal leadership philosophy, the right leadership mindset, and through using the right tools and techniques. They are also consistent in their leadership behaviors.

These three — leadership mindset, personal leadership philosophy and consistent leadership behaviors — form the foundation for great leadership.

A leadership philosophy is a set of core beliefs and principles about leadership and the type of leader you want to be.

A leadership mindset, while closely related, is different. A leadership mindset is a set of core values upon which leadership behaviors are based.

Combining these two sets of beliefs creates a foundation that will drive the organizational environment and climate of the team a leader leads, whether this is a four-person department or a multinational company with hundreds of thousands of employees.

There are many ways to create your own personal leadership philosophy and leadership mindset. You could have your own set of rules (like special agent Gibbs in the TV show NCIS), your own overriding philosophy of what is right (Jedi Master Yoda), or know how you will act under pressure and changing circumstances (Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies).

Our next few blog posts will look at each of these in more detail. In the meantime, here’s our earlier blog post on how these three pop icons — Gibbs, Yoda and Sparrow — illustrate great leadership:


This blog post is partially excerpted from the book 8 Keys To Becoming A Great Leader, available now at Amazon in Kindle ($3.98)and paperback ($6.38) formats.

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