Below was taken from the Harvard Business Review article: In Praise of the Incomplete Leader by Deborah Ancona, Thomas W. Malone, Wanda J. Orlikowski, and Peter M. Senge.
No leader is perfect. The best ones don’t try to be – they concentrate on honing their strengths and find others who can make up for their limitations.
To lead you must relate. You do this by inquiring, advocating, and connecting.
Inquiring: listening with the intent of genuinely understanding
Advocating: explaining one’s own point of view. Leaders do this by explaining how they reached their interpretations and conclusions.
Connecting: cultivating a network of confidants who can help a leader accomplish a wide range of goals.
“Show class, take pride, and displace character. If you do so winning takes care of itself.”
Paul “Bear” Bryant