What It Takes To Be A Great Leader by Roselinde Torres at TED.com on October 2013.

I came across this very interesting TED talk from Roselinde Torres – she provides three questions that she asks in determining whether someone is a great leader in today’s culture:

  1. Where are you looking to anticipate the next change to your business model or your life?
  2. What is the diversity measure of your business model of your personal and professional stakeholder network?
  3. Are you courageous enough to abandon a practice that has made you successful in the past?

I really like these questions.  The first has you looking at the person’s vision and their ability to anticipate both opportunities and challenges.  The second is about surrounding yourself with people who challenge you to grow as a person.  The third speaks to the ability to “pivot,” and the ability to withstand criticism (both well-intentioned and otherwise) when taking your followers in a different direction.

At just over nine minutes, it’s worth a listen.

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