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.