We all know when we are around an elite leader. They are the ones who light up a room by their mere presence. They are the exceptional leaders that people want to work for, people want to hear speak, and people want to know. It’s easy to identify elite leaders by talking to the people that work for and with them. If you listen closely, you’ll here how much of an impact they make in their organization. Their people will readily run through a wall for them. If you can’t meet them in person, read about them on social media. They’ll be the ones not just with the most ‘Likes’, but with the most comments about them from people who currently and previously work for them, which shows their engagement.
Becoming an elite leader is a journey. It takes building on their innate qualities, refining their leadership through daily challenges and embracing a leadership strategy and philosophy that will keep them on track. Many will start on the path like on a multi-lane highway during rush hour. As the journey continues, it narrows to a two-lane road as fewer and fewer people remain on the journey. Eventually, it becomes a path where a single vehicle or person travels on their own.
Not everyone will become an Elite Level Leader, but it’s something we should all strive for because even if we don’t reach the elite level, we may still become a good or exceptional leader.