6 Ingredients of Leadership

Leadership and Teamwork“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” -Warren G. Bennis

There have been many books written about the characteristics of leadership. Warren Bennis who is an authority on leadership and business wrote that there are 6 basic ingredients of leadership.

Basic Ingredient What It Means
Guiding vision You have a clear idea of what you want to do-professionally and personally-and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failure.
Passion You have an underlying passion for the promises of life, combined with a very particular passion for vocation, a profession, a course of action. You love what you do
Integrity Your integrity is derived from self-knowledge, candor, and maturity. You know your strengths and weaknesses, are true to your principles, and have learned from experience how learn from and work with others.
Trust You have earned people’s trust.
Curiosity You wonder about everything and want to learn as much as you can.
Daring You are willing to take risks, experiment, and try new things.

Source 1: Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader (New York:Addison Wesley, 1989/1994, 1998), pp. 39-42

Source 2: Joseph Boyett & Jimmie Boyett, The Guru Guide (New York:John Wiley & Sons, 1998), p. 3

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