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At a recent talk I gave, one of the audience asked, “What makes a great leader?”

My answer? Four qualities.

1. Authenticity

You might be thinking, “This has been done to death” (you might even roll your eyes whilst you say it, maybe even tut). But, hey, hear me out. Pretty please.

When I coach people in middle-management, about to go into a bigger ‘leadership’ position, often

the very first thing they want to explore are ‘leaders for me be like’. No, no, no, no, no!

We need to focus on what makes you, well, you. And then how we harness the best of you (think You2.0), whilst coming up with strategies for managing the worst of you.

As Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones state in their book, ‘Why should anyone be led by you?’

“What organizations need – and what followers want – are authentic leaders who know who they…

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