Qualities of a True Leader | 5 Points from a Life Science’s Consulting Firm’s CEO

By | December 6, 2020

[December 6, 2020]  As someone with more than 35 years of senior executive experience under my belt as a successful marketing expert, I am often consulted for leadership advice or solutions to various startup issues that young people come across.

A little about the person giving you these pieces of advice? I go by the name William Patrick Slattery, President and CEO of life sciences consulting firm called ‘Nieuw Amsterdam Advisors’.

Now that you are aware of who is guiding you, I hope to shed some light on some of the leadership characteristics one should adopt as soon as possible.

Key Leadership Qualities One Should Have

One of the essential assessments that you should make is not of the processes but yourself. This is a crucial phase where you sit down with yourself and make sure you are aware of your weaknesses and strengths.

Other than this, here’s a quick list of leadership qualities that I believe make a great leader.

1. Have a Vision and Be Passionate

During the initial phases, it is your passion and vision alone that tell the story of what you are planning on creating. So, have an overriding purpose for your business that can be shared with your team of employees, investors, and customers – in order to convince them and have them on board with your business’s purpose.

2. Have Clear Goals and Objectives

If you are a confused leader, then so will be your entire team shooting arrows and wasting resources, hoping for it to land somewhere. Work toward having a defined and concise set of realistic, achievable, relevant, and measurable goals.

3. Learn to Communicate Clearly

An effective leader knows how to engage everyone and can meet their level in order to explain or speak in a way that makes sense to them. One of the ways to exclude any doubts, miscommunication, and confusion is to be very clear in what you convey. Moreover, open the lines of communication open. What worked best for me is having an open-door policy where my colleagues and teams alike can talk to me at any given time, provided I wasn’t occupied with something of high priority.

4. Get and Receive Feedback Without Any Qualms

How else will we improve as leaders if we cannot handle constructive criticism? Establish a great environment that includes encouraging everyone to improve themselves and openly address any issues or hindrances that may be pushing them back as a team.

Make sure you shed the ego and harbor a humble attitude and approach to all of your in-house matters.

5. Know When to Bring in The Experts

One of the golden qualities that a leader can have is knowing when the company needs some consultation from an expert to set the course in the right direction. Take my firm, for example; we are approached and reach out ourselves to companies that require our expertise to solve specific problems ranging from building the brand to finding the right resources to propel them in the direction of success.

These are some of the fundamental leadership qualities that would create a massive difference for the person in charge, the startup he or she is responsible for, and of course, the team(s) working for the same cause. Good luck!

Author: William Slattery

William Patrick Slattery is the President, and CEO of Nieuw Amsterdam Advisors, a life sciences consulting firm. He is regarded as one of the top marketing experts in the Life Sciences industry noted for combining a calm demeanor with a shrewd negotiation skill set that allows for navigating the most challenging business environments on behalf of his client firms.

12 thoughts on “Qualities of a True Leader | 5 Points from a Life Science’s Consulting Firm’s CEO

  1. Darwin Lippe

    I’m always looking for others who write on leadership topics. Is this your forte? Please point us toward your website or other articles. Thanks!!!

    1. KenFBrown

      Yes, other places we can look. I must say, however, that the reason we come to this website is that it gives us a quick bite of leadership each day. Plus there is a military slant to most of these articles that gives me a positive feeling about the ideas exposed for us to discuss. Thanks William.

      1. Otto Z. Zuckermann

        Yeah, and I hope that we can get back Sadako Red, Mr. Kennedy III, Army Vet, and some of the other outstanding guest writers. Gen. Satterfield, please contact them for new articles.

    1. Audrey

      Yes, and thanks Yusaf for the research to pull up this older article. I think the problem we all seem to have is that our teachers and parents are always telling us we are the most important person in the world. But, by the time we are 6 or 7 years old, we should have figured out this lie.

  2. Randy Goodman

    Mr. Slattery, well done. Spot-on with your comments here and thanks for publishing in Gen. Satterfield’s leadership blog. We are always looking forward to “guest writers” because they bring a new dimension to the blog.


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