5 Things All Great Skills, Traits, and Habits that Leaders and CEOs Possess

To Build the Next Billion-Dollar Startup Company

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates share in common as traits and skills?

By the way, they're not in any particular order, although we will put some emphasis on two or three of them here. Let's get started.  The first is listening, listening, the second is speaking, the third is questioning, the fourth is candor, fifth is commitment.

How to become a good listener?

Listening is about just listening. If you ask a question, an opening question, what do you think about the following, to a teammate. Then you listen just in silence, like this. Process what they said, take good notes, and respond. That's what listening is about. Whether it's an open-ended or a closed-ended question, "How tall are you?" Well, that's pretty simple. Or, "How much do you weigh?" Whatever their willing to tell you. Listening is about either open-ended or closed-ended questions you might ask. Just listening to your teammates and understanding what it is; their values, their goals, and what they're about. Listening skills are of utmost import.

How can you develop speaking skills?

Second thing is speaking. Whether your on stage, whether your speaking to a small group of five maybe ten, twenty people in your company, maybe more. Speaking is about having a mission, having a goal, understanding your audience, and how to connect and convey a message. Having speaking skills are phenomenally important, for a start-up of two people all the way up to one-hundred, five-hundred people, if not thousands. Got to be able to speak to an audience and make sure they connect with you and imagine themselves doing business with you, or working with you.

 The third thing is questioning. As I mentioned, there's two types of questions, open-ended and closed-ended, those two are different. Open-ended is about feelings, and about emotions, and about subjective understandings of something. You have to know what questions to ask of anybody. If, for example, you're the CEO of a company, chief operating officer, and you want to figure out how a logistics plan is taking place. And you want to talk to the people on the ground, the people in the garage, the people who are in the warehouse who are assembling things for your company, and the logistics. Find out how what it is their thinking, how their feeling about the process, what it is they would like to improve, and listen to them. Question, ask the right questions of them. Those are types of questions you can ask. Every great leader knows the right question to ask, how to ask them, and when to listen.

 Fourth thing is candor. You've got to tell people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. In our book, Kings Over Aces, which is on Amazon, you should absolutely buy it. It's a best seller on investing, and start-ups, and leadership skills, called King's Over Aces. I mention one of the best quotes I ever heard from my father, which is, tell people what they need to hear not what they want to hear. Always be honest, direct, to the point where you're almost at fault for being to candid. All leaders have had that sort of candor that nobody else has had. They're willing to be so stubborn, so honest about things that people trust them and believe in them.

The fifth thing is commitment. I've seen, the only billion dollar start-ups that we find at Angel Kings are companies where the founders absolutely one-hundred percent all in. You can never invest in somebody, or work with somebody, unless you feel like their just as equally invested in that product, or that service, as you are. I want to tell you more about investing. I want to help you, too find the next billion dollar start-ups. Go to angelkings.com/invest to learn more. My name is Ross Blankenship, I'm the founder of Angel King's, and I look forward to helping you someday too. Good luck, and god speed. If you want to invest in America's next top start-ups and future IPO's go to angelkings.com/invest and reserve your spot today.

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