3 Habits of Great Leaders

  How do you become a transformational leader? Here are 3 habits of great leaders that will help you get on the path toward greatness.   “How do I become a transformational leader?” It’s a question I get asked a lot, and one I’ve changed my answer to over the years. As a coach and mentor to executives and entrepreneurs, I thought the ability to transform was an inborn quality for a long time. I thought it was something one could develop his or her skills in, but ultimately did or did not possess an affinity toward. I have never subscribed to the belief that only certain people can lead, but I did have a bias that only certain people possessed the genetic make-up to be transformative through their leadership because, truthfully, I struggled to elicit this ability in many of the people I worked with. I could develop leaders’ ability to speak with confidence and competence and to coach staff or clients. Yet the ability to truly transform others with words — whether those people were employees or attendees at a motivational seminar — well, that eluded me. Transformational leaders are people who, irrespective of audience, possess the ability to create big shifts in their audiences’ thinking, which leads to big shifts in their behavior, which enables them to achieve extraordinary results. Many leaders are facile at inspiring their audience or getting them on board with a big initiative, but that isn’t the same thing. Then, I began to study the masters, from former GE CEO Jack Welch to former Luxor and Excalibur President Renee West (the first woman to run...