Remarkable—according to Merriam-Webster the term remarkable means unusual or surprising, likely to be noticed. Yet the very act of striving to be remarkable is a contradiction to our research regarding remarkable leaders. Being noticed is hardly a characteristic of a leader that is admired, followed and held in esteem in our discussions with thousands of employees over the last 19 years.
Remarkable leaders tend to be more humble, more understated, less technical and willing to let others take credit. The most remarkable leaders I encounter are those individuals inspiring others through service leadership, exceptional character and integrity, an uncanny eye for talent and a willingness to take on difficult challenges without excuses.
The remarkable leaders we encounter understand that valuing people is at the center of their role—they are simply living their value of respect for others and modeling accountability, responsibility and excellence. These remarkable leaders have authentic conversations about performance and inspire their subordinates toward greater innovation & creativity in solving problems and support the growth of their people as individuals and teams. Leading people is not a “hassle” but THE measure of success.
What makes them remarkable might be unusual, but in their words, “being remarkable is more about accomplishing great things through others and doing that requires valuing others, helping them solve problems, providing the best resources and helping them remove barriers to their own success.” As one leader told me, “It begins with building a team of experts with skill sets that exceed mine and compliment the skills of others.” “I work to understand each person and how to recognize, collaborate, inspire, reward and develop.” “I am not the focus, they are.” “I exist to facilitate their success not mine.”
Want to be remarkable? Quit trying to be noticed and build a team of remarkable individuals around you. Once others & you see the amazing results, accolades, recognition and support those you lead receive; you have truly become a remarkable leader—unnoticed, perhaps, but truly remarkable in our “me” culture.
Written by Steve Grant, President & CEO, Newmeasures