How Great Leaders Are Made

05/25/2015 01:49PM

Seize the Opportunity

In today’s workplace, more and more individuals find themselves becoming complacent in their jobs because they are tired of not being recognized for their true abilities and feel like their potential remains untapped and undiscovered. Sound familiar? If so, then the opportunity to take action and change your path is now here. Get ready to unleash your true identity as a leader, become relevant in your industry, leverage your unique capabilities, and advance your career.

If you take a look at what makes successful leaders – regardless of the industry – you will find strong similarities in the way they lead. Effective leaders are thought leaders in their industry, have learned the mastery of anticipating business patterns, find opportunities in pressure situations, serve the people they lead, dedicate themselves to making people better, and overcome hardships. Possessing these skills has landed many in the C-suite, so it’s no wonder that salaries for the 200 top-paid CEOs rose 5% to a median $14.5 million per year, according to a study by compensation-data company Equilar for The New York Times.

Luckily for aspiring and ambitious executives, leadership is a learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders – who stand out from the crowd – make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. The most successful leaders are instinctual decision makers. Having done it so many times throughout their careers, they become immune to the pressure associated with decision making and the management of people and are extremely intuitive about the process of making the most strategic and best decisions.

Beyond decision making, successful leadership across all areas becomes learned and instinctual over a period of time. Understanding and trusting your brand as a leader, maximizing your sphere of influence, enhancing your executive presence, being acutely aware of how others perceive you, learning how to deliver a message that inspires others into action, operating through the lens of opportunity, and leading with a generous purpose all for the betterment of the healthier whole – are just some of the facets of great leaders.

As the saying goes, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” Here’s to taking the first step on the path towards success and significance.

Embrace the Approach

Our approach, developed by Forbes leadership contributing writer, former C-suite executive, and entrepreneur, Glenn Llopis, is centered on helping you first employ an “immigrant mindset” in order to develop yourself as a leader. Consider this. When an immigrant arrives to a new country, it is their values that enables them to adapt, reinvent themselves and ultimately thrive in a new country, a new culture, and a new set of challenges. Did you know that 40% of the Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children? Why? Because they established their leadership identity, they trusted themselves, and they found a way to navigate and doing more with less along the way. They followed a set of guiding principles that makes their impact sustainable. That's exactly the type of 21st century leadership needed to be successful in today’s fast-paced and increasingly global marketplace. The following represent the six characteristics that define the 21st century leader that will be essential for executives to evolve into great leaders: 

  • See Opportunity in Everything
  • Live With an Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Anticipate the Unexpected
  • Work with a Generous Purpose
  • Unleash Your Passionate Pursuit
  • Embrace Your Cultural Promise

Reap the Benefits

According to our extensive research, we found that there are 15 things that highly-successful leaders do automatically, every day. The top skills are ones you will need to master in order to advance your career into a leadership capacity and/or enhance your current leadership responsibilities.

  1. Make Others Feel Safe to Speak-Up
  2. Make Decisions
  3. Communicate Expectations
  4. Challenge People to Think
  5. Be Accountable to Others
  6. Lead by Example
  7. Measure & Reward Performance
  8. Provide Continuous Feedback
  9. Properly Allocate and Deploy Talent
  10. Problem Solve; Avoid Procrastination
  11. Ask Questions, Seek Counsel
  12. Be a Great Teacher
  13. Positive Energy & Attitude
  14. Genuinely Enjoy Responsibilities
  15. Invest in Relationships 

Outcome: Optimizing Individual and Organizational Performance

Setting the Tone

When you are ready to take the next step towards elevating your leadership impact and influence, the engagement process begins with the following steps:

  • Make a commitment to yourself; hold yourself accountable
  • Set the number of executive coaching sessions you feel comfortable with
  • Schedule a 15- minute phone consultation with CHL Academy Founder, Glenn Llopis, to define your goals and objectives
  • Complete a customized executive coaching questionnaire based on your phone consultation
  • Begin the career-changing path to effective and sustainable leadership

With our customized approach to your executive coaching needs and your focused efforts, you will soon be on your way to achieving your ultimate career goals and objectives.

Welcome to 21st century leadership, where learning how to advance yourself while serving others will transform you into a great leader.

If you are interested in learning more about, please contact Annette Prieto-Llopis at or call 949-387-2609.

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