Definition of a leader

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True leaders need to be selfish in one area – they need to take all blame, and not give any away.


Naomi Simson

I was speaking with a friend on the weekend and he said that the single greatest trait of true leader is that they live in a world without blame. A great leader takes responsibility for the world that is around them.


I have been fascinated by what makes a leader versus a manager, because they are different beings.


Effective leadership is not about being liked; a great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to.


Here’s some leadership maxims I came across:


  • Never make assumptions; if in doubt, ask.
  • Provide concise communications of goals and expectations. 
  • Define the game and know when you’re winning.
  • Clearly define structure.
  • Lead by example.
  • Live by your values.
  • Be accountable.
  • Respect confidentiality.
  • Always be truthful.
  • If you have questions, go to the source.
  • Remove all emotion from decisions.
  • Be approachable.
  • Have passion.

I would have to argue that you cannot fake it until you make it. You either believe in your purpose or not. You either are passionate about the game you play… or not.


But knowing that you are at the source of your own future is very powerful – it is the essence of leadership.


What do you consider to be the great traits of a leader?



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Naomi Simson is the founder and CEO (Chief Experiences Officer) of RedBalloon Days, Naomi is passionate about pleasure! Backed by enthusiasm, energy and drive and recently named one of Australia’s best bosses (Australia’s Marketing Employer of Choice), the Entrepreneurs Organisation (Sydney Chapter) President 2007 – 2008 and mother of two, Naomi also inspires others as a regular speaker, writes a blog and has recently completed her first book.



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