There are all sorts of leaders in this world--some better than others. We have all worked for or met leaders who stand out from the rest of the pack--who are, in short, remarkable.

To succeed over the long run, companies need great leaders. Research shows that company stock price growth over 10 years was 900 percent for companies that were "well led," and only 74 percent for companies that were "poorly led." Not only that, but 37 percent of workers who left their jobs reported leaving due to bad leadership.

So what is it that makes a leader remarkable?

1. They own their recommendations.

Remarkable leaders consider ideas from others and research them thoroughly before passing on the most promising of those ideas to their team. They choose those ideas that have the greatest potential to create positive, moving-forward change instead of muddying the waters with ideas that will never find their momentum or that try to fix things that are not broken.

2. They stay ahead of the game.

A remarkable leader watches for industry changes continually and, along with his or her team, is able to change direction quickly when needed to stay ahead of these changes. They have an innate ability to stay ahead of customer needs and their competition.

3. They buoy confidence in their team.

Most leaders have a team that follows and respects their decisions. Yet this is not enough for truly remarkable leaders. They take leadership 10 steps further by inspiring, encouraging, and helping the team take chances and risks, which in turn, can bring about huge success. The result? Determination soars among team members, creating a quiet and independent confidence in their own abilities.

4. Their need for information is insatiable.

Some leaders are remarkable because of their nonstop internal motivation to remain current and dig deep into what the future may have in store for their business. They are the leaders who frequent the latest relevant online columns and courses, attend workshops and conferences, and throw themselves into inspiring "What I haven't learned yet, but want to" podcasts, videos, and books.

5. They create new leaders.

Remarkable leaders understand that the success of a company in the long term is reliant upon the capabilities of its teams to take control and lead themselves. They encourage and guide their teams to achieve beyond anything they ever imagined. With these huge successes comes a newfound confidence that serves as the catalyst for their team members to become leaders--ready to take the reins and lead on their own.

6. Their EQ is through the roof.

There are a lot of leaders out there who have attended top universities, have received the best training the world has to offer, and have strong entrepreneurial minds, but the most remarkable leaders of all are those with a high emotional intelligence quotient, or EQ. They understand how emotions work and the effect their words and emotions have on others. They practice restraint and take the time to consider all angles to an issue before reacting--not after--and they effortlessly build networks of support and truly authentic relationships.

7. They make themselves a priority.

Remarkable leaders know they will be at their best when they take the time to care for themselves--time to exercise, make good dietary choices, get some much needed sleep, and find their passions outside of business. I can't word this better than Arianna Huffington, who said, "The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep." Take care of yourself and the rest will fall into place. Then you, too, can become a truly remarkable leader.

Published on: Feb 6, 2015
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