To Be a Great Leader, Have a Purpose-Driven Mindset Focused on Helping Others [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 5, 2014

7:00 am

Being an entrepreneur means more than merely starting a business – it means having the ability to work alongside others to make your dreams a reality…it means being a great leader – a leader that other can follow to push your startup's success. While there are different views on what constitutes a great leader and accordingly as many different leadership styles, could there perhaps be something in the mind that all great leaders have? Well, according to Gap International, successful leaders may indeed all have similar mindsets.

Over the course of two years, the global business consulting has conducted more than 500 in-depth interviews with global executives to get a better sense of the leadership mindset. In particular, Gap International asked executives to hone in on those times when they recall doing the most excellent, productive work.

According to the organization's findings, great leaders are purposeful – that great success comes when they hone their efforts or their work as part of a greater purpose, whether it's for an impact on the world, establishing a legacy, or even for spiritual reasons. Great leaders also show great concern for other people; helping them, caring for them, collaborating with them – the most successful leaders are the ones that don't focus primarily on the self.

See what else is behind a great leader's mindset in the infographic below:


(via Gap International)

(H/T Entrepreneur)

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.