How to define a good leader
When you search online for ‘leadership traits’ you will find thousands of articles that list their top leadership skills. If you take those articles and compare their laundry list of skills, you will quickly see that the top 10 leadership traits turn into the top 50 because everyone has different ideas on what it takes to be a good leader.
Leadership traits that are highly sought-after are situational and unique. When one company is looking for aggressive, innovative and passionate people to lead their company, there is another looking for a detail-oriented leader who is focused on execution and who takes the time to really get to know and engage their employees.
While leadership attributes are highly varied and situational, the expected outcomes from strong leadership remain consistent. It’s important to create an environment where high performing teams are motivated and engaged. The culture should be positive and operating with a high degree of integrity and commitment. How you achieve that outcome is largely up to you. This is where you can leverage your unique style and lead authentically.
With such a wide definition of what makes a good leader, there are opportunities for many of us to step into that next leadership role.