Real Leadership

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TechCrunch just released an article by Ben Horowitz on Leadership.

He maintains that there are 3 facets to the best leaders he has seen.

  • The ability to articulate the vision
  • The right kind of ambition
  • The ability to achieve the vision

I am sure we all know plenty of people who only carry 1 or 2 of these attributes and cant get out of the starting blocks.

Seth Godin talks a lot about The Dip. When a business is about to fail is the only point in which you can truly see a leaders relationship equity. Horowitz commends Steve Jobs on his ability to get through these Dips against all odds.

The most exciting leaders I want to follow are ones who’s whole lives revolve around serving a purpose bigger than themselves.

I guess that falls under the right kind of ambition.