Character Traits of Great Leaders – Behind the Scenes

One method of identifying the character traits of great leaders is to look at the visionaries that you admire. For years, I have asked my clients who they admire in the world of business. I call this exercise, “The Hero Analysis.” They often select the greats like Musk and his peers: Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett. The character traits of great leaders drive the behaviors and rituals of success. The key is in the second question I propose to them. To key in on the character traits of great leaders, you want to listen to today’s behind the scenes video and get the 2nd question that unlocks this move.

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Character Traits of Great Leaders: The Transcript

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Disclaimer: This transcript was created using YouTube’s translator tool and that may mean that some of the words, grammar, and typos come from a misinterpretation of the video.

What if I said, you could learn from Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, all without reading long biographies. What if you could take something from each of these visionaries, and apply it to your own leadership and come out with a much stronger sense of who you are at a personal level. What I’m talking about are the personal traits of the people you admire. When I work with leaders that really want to push it to the next level, I asked them to study the characteristics of great leaders.

When you actually understand the characteristics of those leaders, the personal traits, and you understand why you admire them, you can actually become a better leader. Inside this video, I’m gonna unpack that for you. My name is Gene Hammett. I work with fast-growth companies, their founders, CEOs and their teams to help them continue that growth. To help leaders specifically go beyond, what they believe is possible. Now, when I’m talking about great leadership is about looking at your visionaries, to really understand, why do you admire them. And that’s the key. What you admire in others is something you wish you had more of in your life. Let me break this down for you. I call this the hero analysis. I asked my clients two questions.

The first one is, who do you admire? Now, I don’t care what they list off as the names, they could say, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, they could say, you know, Buffett, Bezos, they could make up someone in their own lives. They could say their own father, who they select is not so important.

The second question is the key. What personal traits of those great leaders do you admire? That’s it, when they start thinking about why they admire someone else that’s beyond them, that they look up to. Those are usually the key to what they need more of in their life. This hero analysis is a way to get someone to go beyond, you know, where they’re stuck right now, so that they can actually think about, you know, increase level of confidence. Maybe it’s courage, maybe it’s innovation, maybe it’s critical thinking, maybe it’s being proactive.

I hear all kinds of things when people tell me, what they admire in others. And when I go back into the details, it’s usually those things and exactly those things is what they want more of in their own leadership. See, the characteristics of great leaders can be studied, and you can embody them, you can be more confident by realizing that, that’s what you’re looking for. You can actually step into your own level of leadership at a higher level with more intention because you know where you’re going. It is basically the definition of being intentional. One of the things I know about leaders is that they have a roadmap, it’s much easier to get to where they’re going.

Now, what I’m giving you right now with the hero analysis is a little bit of a roadmap. Because if you want to show up differently if you want to be more confident or courageous in your own leadership, and all you have to do is ask yourself those two questions. Who do you admire? And why do you admire them? Listing out those personal traits will give you the insight you need of something that you feel like is not at the playing at the highest level. I’m not saying that you’re not already playing at some level, but you’re not admiring yourself, for playing at the level at your visionaries your heroes. So, this is just an example of what you can be doing to evolve as a leader.

One of the key things I get to do day in and day out helps leaders navigate those defining moments. I love what I do because I get to really be on the front lines in the trenches with leaders and their teams to help them grow their companies. And we do that from the inside out. This is just an example of some of the work I use. I bring it to you in the behind the scenes. If you’re listening to this on the podcast and make sure you go to YouTube to find more videos like this if you wanna see my smiling face. Just go to It’ll take you right over, you can subscribe, you can like it, you can share it with a friend. If you’re getting something out of these videos, make sure you let me know. I’d love to hear from you. Just reach out to me at [email protected]. As always lead with courage, we’ll see you next time.

Disclaimer: This transcript was created using YouTube’s translator tool and that may mean that some of the words, grammar, and typos come from a misinterpretation of the video.


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