good business leader

Good business leader


The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

- Stephen Hawking


While we may debate the most important skill of a good business leader, certainly a critical skill is curiosity. That is, demonstrating curiosity and inspiring and cultivating the natural curiosity in your staff. Ineffective business leaders are the ones who have lost their passion and curiosity for their subject or even for their job.


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You can’t fake curiosity and passion. The best leaders are the ones who show their passion to continuously learn more about their subject. They are not afraid to show mistakes or admit that they don’t know it all. They continuously seek to experiment with new ideas.


The best leaders guide, coach, inspire, and feed that natural flame of curiosity and exploration that lives within every employee. The courage to lead, then, is the courage to expose yourself as you demonstrate your curiosity and passion for business subjects. This kind of passion is both infectious and memorable.


The openness to show your natural curiosity in front of others requires one to be vulnerable. Passionate curiosity demonstrates many things to others, including that we don’t know all the answers or even that we are uncertain about various things. Be curious and never fear your vulnerability.


Become the leader and coach who lights the sparks and inspire those around you to pursue curiosity, exploration and discovery.


A simple reminder … business leadership competencies to shape the future, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it… it takes lots of consistent practice. You need to dive into the pool as soon as possible.


What about your abilities to shape your future?  What type of leadership styles do you use? What key experiences can you share with this community? Have any questions or comments to add below?


It’s up to you to keep improving attention to your leadership.

All you get is what you bring to the fight. And that fight gets better every day you learn and apply new lessons.


When things go wrong, what’s most important is your next step.


Test. Learn. Improve. Repeat.


Are you devoting enough energy in each of these steps to improving your leadership?


Do you have a lesson about making your leadership better you can share with this community? Have any questions or comments to add in the section below?


Mike Schoultz is the founder of Digital Spark Marketing, a digital marketing and customer service agency. With 40 years of business experience, he blogs on topics that relate to improving the performance of your business. Find them on G+Twitter, and LinkedIn.  


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One Response to The Most Critical Leadership Skill of a Good Business Leader ?

  1. Maria says:

    That’s a a very interesting posting and I’m glad I’ve found it since I share the same opinion.

    Passion and engagement are definitely crucial for the success of a leader and usually they don’t really follow this “recipy”.

    To support more your idea there are some well known examples of successful businesses (Apple) led by great people mentioned by Simon Sinek in a TED Talk. He clearly states the importance of Emotional Intelligence of business leaders and shows how they’re applying it:

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