The Five I’s of Great Leaders

What makes a great business leader?

A simple open-ended question that’s triggered many a debate and generated thousands of studies, papers, articles, books and training courses by thought leaders across the globe. The answer though is not that simple. Because a one-size-fit-all leadership methodology does not apply or work in all situations.
Why?
Because it’s about people. And peoples’ thinking, attitudes, habits, lifestyles and cultures are in a constant state of change. In order to succeed, organizations have to innovate and re-organize to adapt to their changing echo systems. Great leadership therefore, by definition, has to be customized to the environmental systems in play not only in the present time but also be adaptive to innovation and change in the future.

What is leadership, anyway?

One of the best definitions of leadership, as distinct from management, that I have read:

Management is about making people do what they don’t want to. Leadership is about inspiring people to do what they think they can’t.
– Unknown (my apologies to the author)

There, in a word, leadership is about inspiring people.
Over the decades, some of the world’s greatest thinkers, researchers and business leaders have put forth their findings as to the different leadership styles and attributes of effective leaders. While leadership styles may shift from time to time and situation to situation, the attributes critical to great leadership are found in what I call the Five I’s.
Integrity
Yes, integrity at all times and not only when it’s convenient. Honest. Trustworthy. Reliable. Committed. Humble. Courageous.
Intellect
Strategic thinker. Rational. Confident. Analytical. Aware of self-limitations. Good judgement.
Insights
Knowledge. Experience. Wisdom. Ability to learn from mistakes.
Ideas
Expansive vision. Open-minded. Forward-looking. Ability to think outside conventional wisdom.
Inspiration
Ability to motivate and inspire others.  High Emotional Intelligence – self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, empathy and motivation.
The Five I’s wrapped in the Big C as in Communication – the ability to listen deeply and communicate directly – are the quintessential ingredients for the recipe of making Great leaders. Simply, simply it’s about inspiring people!

Written by Rajan Chopra

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About Rajan Chopra
As a strategic thinker with a curious mind, I've coached, mentored and trained investment pros from entry level through senior management, and consulted business leaders as well as ordinary people who went on to do extraordinary things.
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Macro Investing Views – 2018
Leadership Lesson: Gandhi Was a Disruptor
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About Rajan Chopra
As a strategic thinker with a curious mind, I've coached, mentored and trained investment pros from entry level through senior management, and consulted business leaders as well as ordinary people who went on to do extraordinary things.
Connect With Me
6101 Aqua Avenue Suite 301
Miami Beach, FL 33141
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