The CEO of Chicago based Citadel LLC needs no introduction to people who are hooked into the corporate and financial world. The name of Ken Griffin is synonymous with great leadership and outstanding success. As a leader, he has taken Citadel to heights that were previously unimaginable by anyone else. And he did all this in the most efficient way possible, which is another thing for him to be proud of. Ken Griffin has always been interested in imparting knowledge to young entrepreneurs and leaders in the industry who still have years of success ahead of them. In the following points, he shares some unique qualities that transform a leader into something much more –
True Leaders Are Genuine – Ken Griffin of valuewalk.com believes that leaders who are frequently engaged in power plays and sneaky tactics with their members cannot achieve much success. He is of the opinion that good leaders are those who are genuine people. Authenticity cannot be replaced by any number of qualities because it makes a leader human and this is what allows members to gravitate towards that person. Leaders are people who have good and bad sides to their personality, like anyone else. However, this has nothing to do with how authentic they are and how they treat their members.
True Leaders Are Humble – Good leadership abilities come after personal growth and a leader can never lead a company, let alone a small group of people, until they are constantly improving as human beings. Ken Griffin has his family and friends to thank for his constant improvement and it is these people who have kept him grounded and have offered him immeasurable support during his long and successful career.
True Leaders Learn From Their Failures – A leader who is scared of failure and afraid of it would never be able to achieve success, says Ken Griffin. He says that when he started, he had good mentors who guided him out of failures and taught him the value of fear. Fear of failure is good and it drives people forward. The difference between great and average leaders is that the former knows that there is something to learn from failures. It improves and enhances a leader’s experience – both professionally and personally – and makes them take steps that they previously thought was not in their character to follow through. In a way, failure leads to success.
True Leaders Encourage Leadership – Ken Griffin has worked with people who have gone on to become great leaders themselves. This was because he had the unique ability to know who possessed the gift of good leadership and he encouraged these people to become leaders.
Finally, Ken Griffin adds that leaders should also have some good professional credentials which would give them command over their fields and would help their companies do better.