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See 2 Absolutely Important Characteristics of a Great Leader

Annie Oakley…Now, there is someone who was a sharpshooter at the highest levels back in the day.

More recently, have you seen the movie, American Sniper?

It’s the story of a Navy S.E.A.L. whose amazing accuracy was instrumental in saving countless lives on the battlefield.

They are two different individuals from totally different times who are held up as great leaders in their world of shooting marksmanship.

The irony of their example for you as a leader is you, too, must have a “great aim.”  However, I’m not talking about accuracy with some sort of firearm.

No, I’m talking about you being a great leader because you possess the important characteristic of having a great aim in life.

Think for a moment about our two examples above.  They knew exactly what their target was.  They had a steady and true picture of it.  They practiced all the necessary skills for hitting their targets and they had the appropriate equipment to perform the task.

It’s the same for you as a leader. 

You can’t lead people if you don’t have a target you are leading them to.  AND, that target can’t be some fuzzy bullseye way out in the future.

Your purpose (aim) has to be just as crystal clear for you and your people as was any target for Annie Oakley or Chris Kyle, the American Sniper.

Creating that purpose takes similar steps to theirs, as well.

Having a steady and true picture of where you want to be at some specific time in the future helps you commit to it and stay committed to achieving it.

That picture has to be precise.  It can’t be blurred by peripheral issues.  You have to set the crosshairs of your thinking on your purpose and develop tunnel vision directed at it.

There are two things you need to do in developing that tunnel visionFirst, constantly practice the skills necessary in achieving your purpose.

As a leader, the most critical of those skills is being able to clearly and inspirationally communicate your purpose (aim) to those you are leading.  You can’t expect them to follow if you don’t give them a clear sense you know why and where you are going.

The second thing you need to do is to make sure you and everybody concerned has the necessary tools for completing all the tasks related to achieving your purpose.

The point…Annie and Chris would never have hit any targets, if they didn’t have the best equipment for getting the task done.  Why would you presume it would be any different for you in hitting your targeted purpose?

Okay—so that outlines the first important characteristic of a great leader.

The second characteristic is directly related to the first.  The only way you will ever fulfill your purpose is to set and achieve the appropriate goals for doing so.

Your purpose is where you want to end up at some time in the future.  The only way to assure that will happen is by clearly defining and documenting the plan for getting there.

Within the plan, the goals to complete each step of the plan have to be specific and tied to a time frame for completion.

Well, over 100 years ago (back in 1897) SUCCESS magazine was founded by Orison Swett Marden.  He was an interesting person for a lot of reasons including the diversity of his interests in life.  For example, he had a degree in medicine yet is probably best known for being a thought leader on the whole subject of achieving success.

His quoted thoughts in that regard are ubiquitous but there is one that is appropriate here.  He said:

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim; have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.”

So it was for Annie Oakley and Chris Kyle.  They both had the two absolutely important characteristics embodied in Marden’s quote.  The characteristics are “a great aim” and a “fixed gaze on a goal which was high.”

My aim has been to convince you to develop those two characteristics so you can be a great leader.


What will be your first step in developing or improving those characteristics within yourself?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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