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2, August 2022

7 Things Great Leaders Do

We’ve spent a lot of time with great leaders. And we’ve written a book on leadership. So here is a list of 7 things great leaders do (among so much more). These are universal concepts that also apply when doing strategic planning, and they’re key elements in any executive coaching program. So, whether you are in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kentucky, or Jacksonville, Florida, let’s see how many of these leadership traits you have.


Great leaders are curious about everything. They are driven to learn more.

Ask questions

How does that work? Why? Tell me more. Most leaders ask lots of questions. Even more importantly, they ask great probing questions that get people talking…and everyone thinking.

Well informed

Leaders read, watch and listen to many sources of information. They want truth and facts, and seek out different sources for unique perspectives.


It’s hard to be a great leader if you can’t communicate clearly. The superstars seem to be able to get to the essence of the matter and make complex ideas simple.


They know they don’t know it all. And they know they may have blinders in some areas. Most importantly, they know the best ideas may come from the most unlikely sources.

Admit mistakes

When they are wrong, they say so. They acknowledge their shortcomings. And surround themselves with people who compliment their capabilities.


Great leaders are driven by values like honesty, fairness and compassion. They play by the rules and do what is right even when no one is watching.

Krissi Barr of Barr Corporate Success

In nearly twenty years of executive coaching and strategic planning, Krissi has seen a lot. She’s worked closely with hundreds of CEOs, Presidents, owners and key stakeholders.

These 7 things great leaders do are a roadmap to success. Its OK if you aren’t perfect…no one is. But great leaders keep trying, keep working to get better. They set their sights high for strategic planning and executive coaching, too. If you are in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kentucky, or Jacksonville, Florida and are interested in how you or your team can become your best, please contact Krissi Barr.

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