Test yourself against the three keys factors of great leaders. They work together although the third is more important than the first two combined.

1. Aspiration. Napoleon Hill said it all when he stated that the starting point of all achievement is desire. Why and how badly do you want ‘it’? No passion in the present = no power in the future.

2. Self Confidence. On the current world stage one needs to search for leaders displaying authentic self-confidence. Bravado, popularism and politicking are smoke screens and often a veneer to insecurities. Think Trump, Johnson and Putin.

Should you be self-aware, who you are and what you do, are primary confidence indicators.

Who you are represents your character-based attributes, reflected mostly in how you morally and ethically live your life. It’s about being trustworthy and real by displaying loyalty to your core beliefs and values so that people know what you stand for. It’s about knowing yourself, and being at peace with that.

What you do is skill based. Leaders have a grip on their strength-based ‘calling’ and wisely pursue it for the greatest return on their relationships and performance.  Trump, Johnson and Putin all ‘skilfully’ employed their strategies to political ascendency but are being exposed by their biggest nemeses – themselves, who they are. Narcissism is deemed to be a common thread.

Who you are is the most significant factor in determining your self-confidence.

3. Nurturing environment. The working environment you’re in is a product of your organisations culture, and is shaped by the behaviour of your formal and informal influencers. It must be a safe place in which people can work and one in which they are recognised, acknowledged and provided with the support to grow.

Good leaders have a growth-mindset with transformational aspirations for their people and relationships. They play the infinite game (Simon Sinek).

How are you doing with the three keys?

I am the author of Leading Self and Others (how to make a difference where you are with what you’ve got) and Teaming with ideas (life lessons in teams- from business, sport and parkrun). You can contact me here.