At Kamps, we take leadership seriously. We want our leaders to be strong and the best of the best. We strive to be a company that leads in innovation and customer service. We encourage our employees to be extraordinary leaders in their families and communities.
Jessica DiLullo Herrin, Founder and CEO of Stella & Dot Family Brands, lists the following as traits of extraordinary leaders:
1. BE BENEVOLENT: Have an authentic interest in helping people be their best, and helping them live their happiest lives.
2. HAVE MORE THAN A WORK ETHIC — SHOW A TRUE LOVE FOR YOUR WORK: If you’re the leader, you’re the pacesetter in the race. And remember, winning a race means running hard and often requires a sprint to the finish. Don’t expect others to do or care more than you do. Your passion is contagious and will shine through to those around you. Show up. Show up. Show up.
3. BE AUDACIOUSLY GOAL-ORIENTED: You only get what you go after, so be bold, be specific, and share your goals with others. Paint a bull’s-eye for yourself and your team, and share your progress. Don’t be afraid to publicly address areas where you didn’t succeed – as long as you put in place an action plan to course correct.
4. BE POSITIVE, BE CONFIDENT, AND DIMINISH DRAMA: Set the right tone. When you are both positive and confident, others will pick up your vibe and be willing to follow. Shine the light on what you want to grow, which is progress and passion, not drama. Never talk about people, talk to people. Ensure that others do the same.
5. BE AUTHENTIC AND SELF-AWARE: You need to be you. But you also need to respect other people’s individual beliefs and be aware of how they are experiencing you. You can be your authentic self while still being respectful of others. Don’t try to use “authenticity” as an excuse for being a jerk.
6. CARE MORE ABOUT MAKING IT RIGHT: When it comes to people, it’s not about being right, it’s about making it right. I am not talking about the difference between true right and wrong. Clearly, it’s important to be in the right, ethically speaking. I am talking about letting go of the useless “I told you so” or “I just want to prove how smart I am” type of being right. Everyone wants to feel heard, valued, and like their opinions matter – an extraordinary leader recognizes that and acts accordingly.
Do you have any of these traits? Don’t be afraid to hone the traits that you do have in order to become a better leader. Do you think that Thomas Edison was successful at his first attempt to invent the light bulb? Did Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first prototype stay airborne? Abraham Lincoln was defeated in many political races before becoming president. Leaders are not made overnight. Even natural leaders must enhance their skills to be extraordinary. Do not let a few setbacks stop you from pushing forward to be a great leader.