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Characteristics of a Leader

  • Confidence: In yourself, your thoughts, your values, your experience, your abilities, and in others.
  • Ability to Analyze objectively: This means evaluating a problem, a person, a situation – everything. It is not just evaluating, but also doing so without personal interests and feelings.
  • Speaking Skills: They come in a different variety: average joe, teleprompter, off-the-cuff, emotional, charismatic, etc. Choose your style, and become better at it.
  • Writing Skills: Successful people write a lot… as much as you think that they just get someone else to do it, they do a lot on their own. They write briefs, summaries, letters, proposals, bills, agendas, speeches, marketing material, biographies, personal statements, recommendation letters, etc.
  • Intelligence: This one seems obvious that you cannot do the job without it!
  • Cooperation: Nothing ever gets done without it. You hear too many “I will…” and not enough “Together…”,and “We will..”
Warnings:
  1. Avoid making enemies, they will come naturally.
  2. Rudeness is always wrong and is not the same as confidence.
  3. The most important 2 things to own – a cool head & a warm heart.
I just finished the famous book “Ogilvy on Advertising”. I have modified the list a bit, because Ogilvy’s advise was more inclined on advertising career. To have a leadership career – be …
  1. A good psychologist
  2. Willing & and able to set high standards
  3. An efficient administrator, good time management skill
  4. Capable of strategic thinking – “positioning” and all that
  5. Research minded
  6. Equally good at working with technology and managing people and accounts. Well versed in science & general management.
  7. A hard worker – and fast!
  8. Slow to quarrel
  9. Be prepared to share credit for good work, and accept blame for bad work
  10. A good presenter
  11. A good teacher & a good recruiter
  12. Full of infectious joie de vivre
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About Bikramjit

Please read a more interesting introduction at "About Me" section. I am an abstract thinker who is fun to watch in action. I not only generate new & better ideas for how things can be improved, but I also offer empowering courage to pursue them. I am exceptionally encouraging & motivating, and sometimes help others to reach their goals & dreams. People probably see me as a good mentor due to my patience and talent for giving direction. I am more expressive than introspective, more deliberate than spontaneous, more passionate than composed – and an assertive personality who does not hesitate to challenge anything in life!

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