What Are the Characteristics of Today’s Top Leaders?

We’ve received a bunch of new nominations in addition to yesterday’s initial response to our Twitter survey/contest for a gift basket of Ken Blanchard books.  (See details below.) Some of the new nominees are:

  • Leadership expert and author, John Maxwell
  • Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally
  • Molecular Biologist and 2009 Nobel Prize winner, Elizabeth Blackburn

As you look over today’s nominees and think about others who should be included, what are the traits that make each leader special.  Is it authenticity, humility, foresight, perserverance or something else?  How are these traits exhibited by the people listed above?  As you think about the great leaders you’ve known, what makes them stand out in your mind?


Survey/Contest Details

LeaderChat is partnering with Ken Blanchard on Twitter to conduct a fun and interesting survey/contest.  Through October 13th, we’d like you to Tweet the name of the person you think is today’s top leader.  In order for us to know who your selection is specifically for this contest, just include “@kenblanchard” in your Tweet.

For example, your Tweet could read: “Today’s top leader @kenblanchard: John Smith”

By doing that, you will be entered into our Twitter contest. After October 13th, we will randomly select two submissions for this contest on Twitter, and we’ll send each of these winners a gift pack of 7 of Ken’s best books, including best-sellers together with some of his newest releases. If you win, Ken will send you a direct Tweet to get your contact info, and we’ll also post the winners here.

6 thoughts on “What Are the Characteristics of Today’s Top Leaders?

  1. Today’s top leader must be Ken Blanchard! My office today Exit Realty, was doing a training on Great Customer service and it was based on your book. Eagle Ridge Middle school in Loudoun County has implemented The Whale Done, catching people doing good things.

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  3. I would like to nominate Sue Baldwin from Morgan County, CO. Sue keeps relationships with past Employees and Managers for training and back-up purposes.

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