Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail€”Harold McAlindon
Leadership is all about setting a precedent for others to follow. Exceptional leaders over the ages have been providing people the inspiration to dream big and achieve big. Quality leaders always believe that if you inspire your followers to reach for the moon, they might bring you back the moon. Michael Dadoun is the CEO of Montreal, Canada based payment processing firm UpClick. A hard working and dedicated leader, Michael has been a constant source of inspiration for his team members.
In the following paragraphs we shall pay close attention to some of the important leadership qualities that separates an exceptional leader from a mediocre one.
Learn, Teach, Develop
€If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.€ – John Quincy Adams
Quality leaders know what they know, but more importantly they know what they do not know. Learning for them is a never-ending process and occupying the top position in the organization does make them casual or complacent about discovering new ways and means of doing things. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other and good leaders never stop looking for opportunities for professional development.
A Strong Sense of Purpose
€You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.€ – Ken Kesey
This is one quality that all high performing past and present leaders have in common. Top leaders have a clearly defined purpose and a clear sense of direction about where they are going and what they wish to achieve both in the short and long run.
The correlation between purpose and success is self-explanatory as purpose fuels passion and work ethics. Leaders who lake passion or work ethics have as much chance of succeeding as an ice cube in hell. Leaders without any sense of purpose or direction are most likely to consign their organizations to the chaos of mediocrity, followed by the pain of obsolescence.
Michael Dadoun, the CEO of Montreal based UpClick is a leader who strongly believes that a unified purpose can endure all things. He is a person with full knowledge of the present and a good idea of the future. He is fully aware of what the market will be like in the coming time and what requires to be done for the organization to keep it competitive.
People before Self
The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be feared rather than to be loved€”Cornelius Nepos
Quality leaders are well aware of the fact that they are nothing without their followers. They treat people with respect and try their best to develop their human capital. Superior leaders are more interested in giving people a better life rather than creating a group of €yes-men’.
Michael Dadoun, the CEO of Montreal based UpClick is respected and loved by his employees. He treats them well and with respect and always strives to give them the best.