What Makes a Great Business Leader?

Graham du Plessis

Posted: March 5, 2018

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what makes a great leader

Leadership can be defined as:

The action of leading a group of people or an organisation.” but there are considerably more aspects to consider.

There is an old adage that says that great leaders are born, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. We live in more complex times and in a world that is becoming increasingly digitised. Thus, making constant connect a new way of life.

So, while many may believe that leadership is innate, it is important to remember that it is also a skill, and like any other skills, it can be developed through determination, training, practice and experience, and eventually, perfected over time.

One of the greatest leaders in recent business, co-founder of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs. Didn’t succeed as a leader until his second bite at the Apple. When he first occupied the role of CEO, he was abrasive and intolerant of anything he viewed as a failure. It wasn’t until his second term, that recent biographies tell us of him reining-in his “negative traits and adopting a more mature management style.”  

Leadership expert and senior partner at Boston Consulting Group, Roselinde Torres, explains that, “In a 21st-century world, which is more global, digitally enabled and transparent, with faster speeds of information flow and innovation, and where nothing big gets done without some kind of a complex matrix, relying on traditional development practices will stunt your growth as a leader.”

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