- 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..”
- Avoid making enemies, they will come naturally.
- Rudeness is always wrong and is not the same as confidence.
- 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 …
- A good psychologist
- Willing & and able to set high standards
- An efficient administrator, good time management skill
- Capable of strategic thinking – “positioning” and all that
- Research minded
- Equally good at working with technology and managing people and accounts. Well versed in science & general management.
- A hard worker – and fast!
- Slow to quarrel
- Be prepared to share credit for good work, and accept blame for bad work
- A good presenter
- A good teacher & a good recruiter
- Full of infectious joie de vivre