Not too long ago I ran across a blog post with some top presidential quotes that got me thinking about what makes a great leader. Here’s the quote that caught my attention most of all: “A great politician, just like a great business leader, can inspire action and with just a few well-crafted words.” I like how John Quincy Adams worded it, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
Leadership is influencing others. You don’t have to have a big fancy title to be a great leader. Here are some of the traits that I see in a good leader:
- A strong focus and staying the course
- Respect for others
- Being genuine
- Good communication skills
I believe that employees value strong leaders, leaders that incent their employees to take pride in their work and to do their very best. A good leader will lead by example.
What do you look for in a leader? And how does a good leader help a business to be successful?