Chris Hummel: When I think about leadership, I look at it as a mindset much more than a title or a position. You can have a big title. You can have a big business card. But it doesn’t mean you’re a leader. It might mean you’re a manager or administrator.
Chris Hummel: So when I look at what makes a leader to me, the first thing I look at is accountability. You have to be accountable for results. And again, it doesn’t matter from what position you’re coming from, you just have to take accountability for your own actions and very often even for the people around you in your team.
Chris Hummel: The second thing is to be genuine. A leader is somebody who actually is genuine whether they have to be forthright or whether they have to be blunt or whether they have to be a little bit softer, they’re always genuine in trying to do the right thing, in trying to get to the right answer, in trying to bring success for everybody. That’s sort of win, win, win situation.
Chris Hummel: The third, and this was taught to me by a friend of mine, Keith Ferrazzi, was generosity is actually very often the path to success as a leader is to be generous, not demand. Yes, you have to be demanding and set a very high bar but give, coach, and offer advice, value. And that will actually show people that they can then reciprocate.
Chris Hummel: Those are the things that are leadership from a point of view that builds relationships that actually drive the business that all of us are in.