We all try to put our best foot forward with our teams, but we can all forget the basics from time to time. This article from Entrepeneur.com really breaks down the most valuable qualities of a leader and uses advice from some of the best in the game to put things in perspective. Take a look at our top picks below and let us know your favorite in the comments.

  1. FOCUS: “To be a good leader, you cannot major in minor things, and you must be less distracted than your competition. To get the few critical things done, you must develop incredible selective ignorance. Otherwise, the trivial will drown you.” – Tim Ferriss, Bestselling Author, Host of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast
  2. TRANSPARENCY: “As a leader, the only way I know how to engender trust and buy-in from my team and with my colleagues is to be 100 percent authentically me — open, sometimes flawed, but always passionate about our work.” – Keri Potts, Senior Director, PR, for college sports, ESPN
  3. INSPIRATION: “I know the power of inspiration, and if someone can stand on my shoulders to achieve greatness, I’m more than willing to help them up.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former Governor of California
  4. PASSION: “You must love what you do. In order to be truly successful at something, you must obsess over it and let it consume you. No matter how successful your business might become, you are never satisfied and constantly push to do something bigger, better and greater.” – Joe Perez, Founder, Tastemade
  5. OPEN-MINDEDNESS: “One of the biggest myths is that good business leaders are great visionaries with dogged determination to stick to their goals no matter what. It’s nonsense. The truth is, leaders need to keep an open mind while being flexible, and adjust if necessary.” – Daymond John, Founder and CEO, The Shark Group and FUBU

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