Don't Just Be A Leader. Be A GOOD Leader

Bryan Dubois
Mar 23, 2010

 

A few weeks ago the Register ran an editorial about potential leaders in Sandusky.  They went through the list of possible candidates for November's election.  Nowhere in the article did they mention the idea that Sandusky doesn't just need leaders.  They need good leaders.

Think back about all your old bosses - if you had any good ones - and think about what makes someone a good leader.

Integrity, honesty, variations of that.  Yeah, yeah.  Integrity is expected.  If a leader doesn't have integrity they're not even considered a good person, much less a good leader. 

What I'm talking about the qualities that you don't see in people every day.  The qualities that set them apart and make them excel in life. 

Looking back at old bosses, here are a few things that have always impressed me about the leaders that I liked the most:

1.  The ability to bring out the best in subordinates. 

2.  They knew the difference between cornering someone and getting them in their corner.

3.  They led through example and inspired people to excel not only for the organization but for themselves.

4.  They were always cool under pressure.

5.  They had the chops to not only make politically unpopular decisions, they were respected for it.

6.  The had vision and knew how to communicate it to the people who did the majority of work to achieve it.

7.  They were comfortable enough with themselves to change their minds on a decision if the circumstances warranted it.

8.  They were fair.

Just a partial list. 

Feel free to expand it.

Comments

Oliver Hardy

Firelands411, looking at your list I have to agree and could add to the list. But the most important  trait of a GOOD leader is what you mentioned "Integrity, honesty, variations of that...... Integrity is expected.  If a leader doesn't have integrity they're not even considered a good person, much less a good leader." If a leader doesn't posses integrity and honesty, no other traits matter.

There are too many "Pied Piper" leaders or maybe leader is not the proper term for these scoundrels. For the uninformed, I will copy and paste what a Pied Piper leader is.

 pied piper
n.
1. A person who offers others strong yet delusive enticements.
2. One, such as a leader, who makes irresponsible promises.

If a leader doesn't posses integrity and honesty, then no other traits matter, no matter how long the list of other traits.