Great leaders have something that, when you see it, you know what it is, but it is hard to describe exactly what it is. These are the “intangibles” in leadership.
- Being authentic and values-driven
- Being ethical and upholding integrity in both thought and action (being consistent, being honest, being principled, and gaining the trust of others)
- Ability to understand the people and situations around them ( social intelligence)
- Ability to making others feel part of a larger mission
- Ability to articulate the organizational architecture in a way that others can understand, believe in, and follow
- Ability to have the broad perspective to understand genuinely the priorities of a business
- Willingness to manage risks and make sound decisions
Recommended Books: On the subject of characteristics and behaviors that result a superior leadership performance, I recommend ‘Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter’ by Liz Wiseman and ‘How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life’ by John C. Maxwell.