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.
Be Competent – Ken Ham, Commander Space Shuttle Atlantis
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.
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.
We hope you’ve found tese pieces of wisdom both thought-provoking and inspirational. You can read the original discussion on Quora here.