In my experience, the type of leader who gets followed closest has some distinct characteristics. I think that’s more defined these days than ever before, possibly because we live in the days of information. The leader is known well. It’s hard for a leader to hide true character.
Here, in my opinion, are the most admired qualities in leadership these days:
Servanthood – A willingness to do for others before (and if they never) do for you.
Responsiveness – Accessibility in a timely manner.
Humility – Not thinking too much of oneself.
Honesty – Telling the truth. All the time. Or not telling at all.
Transparency – Being real. Everyday. In every way.
Tenacity – Standing strong through the storms of life.
Visionary – Able to see beyond today.
Trustworthiness – Yes is yes. No is no.
Innovation – Finding new ways to do things. Doing things better than they’ve been previously done.
Compassion – Thinking much of others.
What did I miss?
Which of these are your strengths? In which do you need to improve?