Since 2001, I have spent much time pondering leadership characteristics, what makes for a good leader, and specifically what do I and others want from our leaders. Many leaders have written about leadership, but I have yet to come across anything written about leadership by an employee verbalizing what they want from their leader. Many times, I have started making my own personal list of characteristics I want in my leaders, only to throw it away out of frustration. I knew compiling a list of leadership characteristics was important to me, yet trying to assemble a representative list felt as elusive as my understanding of leadership was back in 1999. Today, I finally feel I have a list of characteristics that works for me. Colleagues and students have reviewed my list and found it to be a good representation of what they too want in a leader.
These characteristics are as follows:
Passion and Knowledge for What They Do
Able to Execute
Willing and Knowing how to Help/Dive In
Love of People
Committed to the Common Good
Knows How to Have Fun
There is no significance in the order except in how they came to my attention. Starting with my next post, I would like to share with you my thoughts on each characteristic, and its role in what I want from my leader. For now, I would love to know what you think of the list and if there are others that are important to you, and why
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