June 3, 2013
What does it really mean to be a leader? Does it mean you’re the boss, that you know how to inspire and motivate a talented team of individuals, or both?
We looked to Cuban-American author Glenn Llopis to find out his take on leadership. During a recent Minneapolis visit, the thought-leader talked to more than 100 Hispanic Target team members about what it takes to lead in business with integrity and authenticity—based on his unique experiences and upbringing.
Below, the motivational speaker shares six characteristics that have helped him become a better leader—fundamental lessons that we can all learn from. Take note!
In today’s fiercely competitive global marketplace, many companies and brands need a new enlightened form of leadership. As a Cuban-American, I’ve leveraged my Hispanic cultural values to lead more effectively and authentically.
The characteristics I’ve cultivated—and the lessons I’ve learned along the way—can be applied to anyone looking to think, act and innovate like a leader. The following six traits that will be crucial for any 21st century leader and serve as a roadmap for success in the workplace.
1. Think Like an Immigrant
As an immigrant, I’ve been able to recognize that opportunity is the true mother of success. For others, it’s important to recognize it’s all about capitalizing on opportunities and making the most of those that cross your path.
2. Employ a Circular Vision
If you see opportunity in everything, you’ll have a wide-angle vision that helps anticipate crisis and manage change proficiently. This circular vision broadens observation and allows you to see around, beneath and beyond the obvious.
3. Unleash Passionate Pursuits
When you put your passion into everything you do, it gives you the power to become a potent pioneer. A passionate pursuit of excellence will open new doors of opportunity. A great leader’s passion is infectious and create endless possibilities for those who can see the opportunities.
4. Live With an Entrepreneurial Spirit
Living with an entrepreneurial spirit is a survival mechanism that every leader needs—to build relationships, advance commerce and better humanity. Entrepreneurship is no longer simply a business term—it’s a way of life. Innovation, which is not a given in many parts of the world, must become second nature. But you don’t need to be an entrepreneur to be entrepreneurial. You just need to cultivate an entrepreneurial attitude to discover your full potential.
5. Work With a Generous Purpose
Like many Hispanic families, my family raised me to consider the needs of others as much as my own. When you understand the importance of having everyone’s best interest at heart, you learn to share and trust others. Trusting others—and yourself—is one of the most critical success factors in your work and career. When you have trust, you can work with a more generous purpose and begin to share the harvest of the momentum that you’re building with others.
6. Embrace Cultural Promise
The strongest bonds in business occur when employees, partners and distributers alike are treated like family. When this treatment is reciprocated, opportunities continue to emerge. Embracing a cultural promise means realizing that success comes most to those who are surrounded by people who want their success to continue. Those who lead by embracing the promise of their culture will leave a legacy of success.
Each of these six characteristics connects—their impact and influence become stronger as they build upon one another.
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