There have been a number of famous and, indeed, infamous leaders throughout history. Attempting to identify the qualities that these leaders all have in common seems to be an impossible task. If we look at some of the earlier “natural” leaders we see figures like Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. These leaders were not even handed. They were determined, ruthless, eccentric, and possibly arrogant. They excelled in displaying their results. Their followers expected them to be autocratic.
Modern Leaders, on the other hand, are held to entirely different standards. Twenty-first-century Leaders must convince and teach, negotiate and compromise and any deviation from expected patterns of behaviour can instantly lead to a loss of respect.
Doug Eikermann in his blog post “Twenty-Four Qualities Of A Good Leader” discusses this concept and attempts, despite the complexity to describe, as the blog post title says, the 24 qualities of a good leader.
It is worth a read. I wonder how many of these qualities will be reflected in you and to what extent? It is a tough profile to live up to. I can only aspire!