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Born to Lead: 6 Traits That Will Turn You Into a Leader

By:  Glenn Llopis Jun 17, 2013
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What does it really mean to be a leader? Does it mean you’re the boss, that you know how to inspire and motivate a talented team of individuals, or both?

We looked to Cuban-American author Glenn Llopis to find out his take on leadership. During a recent Minneapolis visit, the thought-leader talked to more than 100 Hispanic Target team members about what it takes to lead in business with integrity and authenticity—based on his unique experiences and upbringing.

Below, the motivational speaker shares six characteristics that have helped him become a better leader—fundamental lessons that we can all learn from. Take note!

In today’s fiercely competitive global marketplace, many companies and brands need a new enlightened form of leadership. As a Cuban-American, I’ve leveraged my Hispanic cultural values to lead more effectively and authentically.

The characteristics I’ve cultivated—and the lessons I’ve learned along the way—can be applied to anyone looking to think, act and innovate like a leader. The following six traits that will be crucial for any 21st century leader and serve as a roadmap for success in the workplace.

1.  Think Like an Immigrant

As an immigrant, I’ve been able to recognize that opportunity is the true mother of success. For others, it’s important to recognize it’s all about capitalizing on opportunities and making the most of those that cross your path.

2.     Employ a Circular Vision

If you see opportunity in everything, you’ll have a wide-angle vision that helps anticipate crisis and manage change proficiently. This circular vision broadens observation and allows you to see around, beneath and beyond the obvious.

3.     Unleash Passionate Pursuits

When you put your passion into everything you do, it gives you the power to become a potent pioneer. A passionate pursuit of excellence will open new doors of opportunity. A great leader’s passion is infectious and create endless possibilities for those who can see the opportunities.