How to Become a Truly Remarkable Leader

On average, most leaders are average, even if they think they’re remarkable. But every leader can become truly remarkable in some areas.

Remarkable leadership is never an accident.


#1. Hot air balloons:

Someone is going to hurt your feelings. Remarkable leaders rise above offense and continue bringing their best.

Never use offense as an excuse for bitterness, gossip, pulling back, or revenge.

Response to negative experience sets the course for your future. Bitterness never builds a golden city. Wallowing in disappointment never paves a path to joy.

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” (Nelson Mandela – unjustly imprisoned for 27 years.)

#2. Hound dogs:

Remarkable leaders actively pursue the highest good of others like a hound on a fox, even when others fall below expectation. Never let a poor performer be justification for selfishness.

Remarkable leaders sniff for improvement everywhere they go.

Remarkable leaders don’t follow the example OF others. They blaze the trail FOR others.

#3. Gasoline:

Remarkable leaders energize others.

  1. Express empathy if you want to fuel energy. People feel energy when they feel understood. Empathy doesn’t judge what others feel.  It understands what others feel.
  2. Reach high if you want to fuel energy. Mediocrity drains energy. Hard fought wins elevate the soul.
  3. Create a series of small wins on your way to a big win. A small goal tomorrow is more effective than a deadline in six months.

Momentum is a series of small wins.

#4. Stretched rubber bands:

Remarkable leaders don’t like waiting. They’re always ready to act.

  1. What can I do?
  2. How can I help?
  3. What’s next?
  4. How can we move forward?

Kind impatience takes you farther than comfortable inaction.

What prevents leaders from becoming remarkable?

How might leaders become remarkable?

Bonus material:

5 Ways Forgiveness Makes you a Better Leader (BizJournal)

Great Leaders Know When to Forgive (HBR)

The Simplest Ways to Inspire Inspire People and Change Their Lives (LifeHack)

5 Things Remarkable Leaders do to Succeed (BIA)