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

To Build the Next Billion-Dollar Startup Company

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

In no particular order, these successful entrepreneurs have five distinctive traits that all great leaders possess: The first is listening, the second is speaking, the third is questioning, the fourth is candor and the fifth is commitment. We will put emphasis on listening and speaking. 

How to become a good listener?

Listening is about just listening. Ask a question to a teammate, what do you think about the following? Then just listen to what they have to say. 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 they're willing to tell you. Just listening to your teammates and understanding what it is; their values, their goals, and what they're about. 

How do you develop speaking skills?

The second trait that these leaders share in common is knowing how to speak. Whether you're on stage or you're speaking to a small group of five maybe ten, twenty people in your company, speaking is about having a mission, having a goal, understanding your audience, and connecting and convey a message. Having speaking skills are phenomenally important, whether it is for a start-up of two people all the way up to a company with five-hundred people. You have to be able to speak to an audience and make sure they connect with you. They have to be able to 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, emotions, and about subjective understandings of something. You have to know what questions to ask. For example, if you're the CEO of a company and you want to figure out how a logistics plan is taking place, you need to ask different members of your company the right questions. Talk to the people on the ground, the people in the garage, and the people who are in the warehouse who are assembling things for your company. Find out how what it is they're thinking, how they're feeling about the process, what it is they would like to improve, and listen to 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.

The 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 a best seller on Amazon, and an absolute must buy it, 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, and 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. 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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