AUDIO: How to succeed in business: It’s called integrity
BIG LAKE, ALASKA
May 14, 2013
• The two traits common to great leaders
• “People will only follow someone they trust”
Great leaders in business and life have two things in common: integrity and a vision for the future, says Al Bolea, founder of Applied Leadership Seminars and a former CEO/GM of Dubai Petroleum and executive with BP.
“The single most important one is integrity,” says Mr. Bolea. “And the reason it’s important is that people will only follow someone they trust. Integrity is the marker for trust”
The other common thread among leaders is being “future-oriented,” he says. “The reason that’s important is leaders are always taking people some place. We look for people to help us with that journey.”
Mr. Bolea says that from recent science and his own experience, leadership is something that is nurtured in an individual, that people are not somehow “born” with some sort of mysterious leadership gene.
“What I’ve always been amazed and surprised with is how a person can become a leader. Behavior drives the potential in people, it’s not the other way around,” he says.
(Al Bolea talks about developing leadership skills, and offers practical tips in this CVBT Audio Interview via Skype. Please click on the link below to listen now or to download the MP3 audio file at no charge.)
“If you act successful you are embracing the concept that you are successful and this can determine future possibilities,” says Mr. Bolea. “Simply stated, when a person becomes aware of their behavior and changes it to adopt the behaviors of great leaders, they will become a great leader.”
Mr. Bolea, when not conducting seminars or enjoying the Alaskan wilderness from his island retreat, lectures at the University of Houston and is the Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of Alaska.