What are the characteristics of a good leader? It’s an age-old question and everyone has an answer.
Most people say good leaders have some core characteristics like influence, courage, vision, empathy, the ability to delegate, strong communication skills, self-awareness, learning agility, gratitude, respect, and more. While these characteristics matter, leadership is less about the individual and more about a group of people working together to achieve results.
In my opinion, leadership is a social process. Great leadership boils down to mastery over relationships.
These 3 leadership skills lead to successful outcomes:
- Inspiration: Great leaders inspire teams that continuously produce innovative, cost-effective products, and services that generate superior outcomes for customers, shareholders, and the community at large.
- Inclusion: Successful leaders create inclusive working environments that foster collaboration, growth, and continuous employee development.
- Integrity: Real leaders conduct business responsibly to benefit not just the business, but communities and society.
Leaders shape our nations, communities, and organizations. Now more than ever, we need good leaders to help guide us and make the essential decisions that keep the world moving.
Leadership is one of the most important aspects of any endeavor, from family to our community, to business and beyond.
How do YOU measure a great leader, and what are you doing to become one?