What Makes a Great Leader?


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Leadership encompasses the ability of an individual to lead or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations in the accomplishment of common goals. In many industries, great leadership is required now more than ever as companies face a myriad of challenges such as globalization, uncertainties in global markets, and increased demand for flexibility. The electronics assembly industry is no different. Amid the rapid change in technology and innovation, leadership is required to drive the organization ahead of its competition and sustain its competitive advantages to overcome new challenges brought about by market demands.

But then, there are good leaders, and there are great leaders. How do we differentiate one from the other? According to author Jon Gordon, good leaders get people to believe in them, while great leaders inspire people to believe in themselves.

Apparently, it’s true. According to our survey on leadership—which is also our topic for this month’s issue of SMT Magazine—the majority or 70% of our respondents said the ability to inspire others is the one of the most important traits of a great leader today. This is followed by empowerment of employees, clarity of vision, and then integrity. Great leaders act in the best interest of the team they are leading. 

Editor's Note: This column originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of SMT Magazine.

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