No team can be successful without effective leadership. Without an effective leader, the team will almost certainly lack focus, clear goals, effective strategy and strong motivation.

However, the truth is that effective leadership is as much an art as a science. This means that experience is the mother of wisdom when it comes to leadership. And in this highly popular discussion which took place on Quora, there is a genuine wealth of experience. In this discussion there are fantastic contributions from NASA astronauts, CEOs, startup founders as well as widely-read authors.

Here are 6 of our favorite pieces of wisdom:

Have a grand vision – Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, CTO

Garrett Reisman, former NASA astronaut makes some great suggestions inspired by the leaders he has worked with throughout his career in space.
Read Quote of Garrett Reisman’s answer to What is the most important thing you have learned about leadership? on Quora

Be Competent – Ken Ham, Commander Space Shuttle Atlantis

Read Quote of Garrett Reisman’s answer to What is the most important thing you have learned about leadership? on Quora

Are you a boss or a leader?

Louis Abramowski, Founder and CEO @unbenchable draws an important distinction between being a boss and being a leader.
Read Quote of James Altucher’s answer to What is the most important thing you have learned about leadership? on Quora He includes this image which illustrates his point perfectly.

The 30-150 rule, or the ‘vision rule’

James Altucher, the investor, author and blogger takes a different approach by letting us benefit from his mistakes. Read Quote of James Altucher’s answer to What is the most important thing you have learned about leadership? on Quora 

 

We hope you’ve found tese pieces of wisdom both thought-provoking and inspirational. You can read the original discussion on Quora here.