It is okay to not know everyone and everything from your industry.

Those who belittle you for not knowing as much as they do, are not experts but bullies insecure about their knowledge and themselves.

They failed to learn the basic trait of being a leader is to be an inspiring and compassionate role-model.

Run away as fast as you can from such self-proclaimed leaders as they are a danger to themselves and your success journey.

A genuine leader:

1. Is a great listener
2. Is a keen observer
3. Is ready to teach what you don’t know
4. Is ready to learn what you know better than them
5. Does not ridicule you for knowing less, but helps you gain more knowledge
6. Does not reject a different point of view with no rational and a sincere dialogue

7. Does not assume that everyone has to know what they know
8. Does not believe they know better and more than everyone else
9. Has the patience to understand a different point of view, even if in disagreement.
10. Makes you feel inspired, motivated and enthusiastic about something you are yet to learn.
11. Is interested in helping to learn, rise higher and be better despite your shortcomings.
12. Is always open to feedback even if critical or unpleasant – and takes the time to understand it.
13. Is secure about their knowledge and themselves and always willing to expand their learning.
Above all, a genuine leader is someone who makes you feel empowered and inspires you to do more with your life.

[Credits: Anj Handa and Nick Hayllor for being my logic-editors]
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  • MegOhKay

    This is a great list for the modern day leader! These points are important for those in leadership or aspiring leaders to note as they interact with their teams and potential employees.

  • fashionandstylepolice

    Great message here. Only bullies and insecure people ridicule others for their knowledge or lack of. True leaders do not mock learners.

  • noonetocompare

    Totally love this post about what a leader is and what a leader is not. Especially agree that a leader is one who know how to teach but also how to learn. Additionally a great leader is one who is patient and truly inspires others to be their best selves. Great takeaways!

  • Beola

    This is such an amazing post, especially in this day and time where we have leaders that are basically bullies everywhere. Thanks for sharing this, it was an awesome read.

  • The FashionSherlock

    These are great tips for a leader. Will definitely use as a start managing a team

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