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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..”
  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

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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