As the eldest of four kids, I was a "default born leader." So, I'm not quite sure if there really is such a thing. Are leaders born or made? And, what makes someone a good leader? As I ponder the qualities of great leaders that I know of, I can begin the list by sharing the following:
1) Good leaders know how to motivate the people that they lead. Not by sheer flattery or charisma... but through genuine inspiration and encouragement. They know how to boost morale and lift people's spirits. They know how to see the best in everyone.
2) Good leaders know when to receive advice and when to make judgment calls. A leader who only makes autonomous decisions are not good leaders. A leader who only knows how to make decisions based on what people tell him/her are not good leaders either.
3) Good leaders are visionaries. They know how to create goals and to find ways in how to achieve them. They know how other leaders operate and do not always follow what everyone else is doing, just because they wish to be popular. They see things that many people may not see easily...
4) Good leaders know how to lead in good and bad times. A leader's strength is tested in more ways than one. It's as easy to shine when things are well, as when things aren't as fine. By the same token, it's not too hard to fail when things are bad, just as when things are good.
What about you? What do you think makes a good leader?