There are all sorts of lists out there about what qualities go into a good leader.
And over the next month, I’ll cover those.
But before I even start in that direction, I want to make a case for what leadership isn’t, because sometimes in their quest for becoming leaders, people get going in the wrong direction – fast. They confuse concepts like power and influence; vision and greed; inspiration and hot air.
More specifically, in my mind, good leaders — true leaders, that is — don’t:
- manipulate (although they do motivate)
- coerce (although they do wield influence)
- rely on rhetoric (although they are articulate)
- exploit (although they do delegate)
- compete with members of their own team (although they should have high aspirations)
- simply manage (although they should be technically proficient in their chosen field) and
- blame others for problems (although they do take responsibility for their own actions)