Sunday, August 22, 2010

What does leadership mean?

I've been thinking a lot lately about leadership.

What is a leader?

What makes a leader?

Why some people (organizations) and not others?

I don't know the for sure answers to these questions, and I don't know if I ever will.  But I am learning, as I meet leaders both good and bad.

Don't get me wrong here: I know some absolutely lovely people, good friends and whom I admire in many other ways, who simply aren't leaders.

Some characteristics that I would suggest make a good leader...

  • vision
  • confidence
  • respect for others
  • ability to delegate
  • genuine love for and interest in people
I believe that some people are born with these traits, and others learn them - and that neither is better or worse.

I aspire to be a good leader, and believe that I can be... but also believe I have a lot of progress to make.  Fortunately, I am fortunate to know some excellent role models and mentors in this area.

What do you think?  What makes a good leader - and why?


  1. I believe that a leader is someone that inspires others to not just follow, but do as they do. It's not so much a people skill as it is a lifestyle. True leaders live as leaders. It's not something that can be turned on or off.

  2. Hey Lonnie,
    Excellent point! I agree - a good leader naturally has followers, and they are always leading. Thanks for the input!