Is Achieving Great Success A Leadership Prerequisite?

I was listening to a Sports Radio station in the car a few days ago.  The discussion centered around different leaders in sports and their accomplishments — number of “Rings” or medals.  In each situation, the people identified by the hosts were great athletes and deserved the accolades for their accomplishments. They also were leaders on their team.  When trying to determine which athlete was a better leader, much of the discussion centered around their achievements on the field, in the ring or on ice.

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This got me thinking.  Are the best leaders the people who have achieve great success in their career.  In the CFL this is the Grey Cup, the Super Bowl in the NFL, or the Stanley Cup in hockey… to name a few.  In business, have the best leaders been individuals who have won awards for “The Fastest Growing Company” or a “40 Under 40″ award?

If we look at the traits of a good leader, it is a person who has a clear vision and is able to communicate this vision to others and engage them so they follow and support this vision.  How many great leaders have made a huge impact yet have not achieve great personal or professional success?

I don’t have the answer to this question but I do believe there are many great leaders who do not achieve great success in ways we normally recognize.  In fact, one key trait of a leader is to focus on the greater good, not necessarily their own agenda.  I contend leadership and accomplishments are not one and the same.

Can a good leader be an average person with a large vision, strong communication skills and average personal results?  Leaders do not work in isolation.  Can the success many leaders achieve be connected to their ability to attract and engage people with great skill who help them to fulfill their vision?

I’m interested in your thoughts on this topic.

About Catherine Rocheleau

Catherine Rocheleau is the Founder & CEO, Ignite Leadership International TM Every great leader is focused on a vision, engages others with this vision and communicates it clearly. Are you facing obstacles, lacking focus, know you can achieve more? Catherine Rocheleau, Founder and CEO of Ignite Leadership International works with business professionals to face their challenges, drill down to identify what is holding them back and create strategies for leadership development and change. Catherine is a proven visionary and progressive executive with more than 15 years of leadership and organizational change experience. As a professional, business owner and former non-profit executive Catherine focuses on both the head and heart aspects of business. Her dedication to client success, her experience, insights and SPARK System will ignite your solutions for sustainable results.
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