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The World’s Most Successful Leaders Share These 10 Traits

Source | LinkedIn : By Bernard Marr

Here’s the conundrum: some of the most successful leaders in the world will readily admit that they aren’t any smarter, luckier, more talented, more beautiful, more privileged, or even more confident than their less successful peers.

So what is it that leads to their success?

Everyone wants to be more successful, so there’s a lot of good research out there, and the research shows that the most successful leaders are:

  1. Trusting and trustworthy. Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests that great leaders makes their employees feel secure and draw staffers into a circle of trust.
  2. Emotionally connected to the work. Author Robert Greene has interviewed and analyzed the lives of people he calls “masters” and discovered that the most successful leaders were emotionally connected to their work and their success. Success, he says, is often a result of resiliency and a love of what you’re doing.
  3. Sensitive and flexibile. Researcher Jeffrey Pfeffer studied great leaders of history and noted that recognizing and being sensitive to the needs of others, and then being flexible enough to fit your position to match, were keys to successful leadership.
  4. Creative. Research shows that most people will do whatever is easy, but the most successful among us get creative to do what works best instead, and that is always the path to success.
  5. Willing to fail. Author Dan Schwabel notes that successful leaders have a willingness to fail — in order to succeed. They don’t give up when faced with failure, but rather use it as a learning experience toward future success.
  6. Hard workers. Author Richard St. John interviewed more than 500 successful people, and noted that all of them worked long hours. But they avoided burnout because they loved what they do (see No. 2). They would spend as much as 80% of their time doing work they loved, and only 20% of their time on necessary work they didn’t love.
  7. Happy.  Harvard researcher Shawn Achor discovered that success doesn’t lead to happiness — happiness leads to success. People who can raise their happiness level can also raise their level of success.
  8. Early adopters. Being first is expensive and stressful. But being an early adopter allows you to follow successful trends and the guy who starts second is actuallymore likely to win.
  9. 10X thinkers. Astro Teller, head of Google X, said “It’s easier to make something 10 times better than to make something 10% better.” That’s because you have to rethink everything from the ground up, rethink the entire process, and ignore the old rules.

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