Are you a Good Leader OR Great Leader?

By Staff Writer

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.” — Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric Co.

It may be easy to spot positive qualities you see in leaders you admire. It is much harder to translate those qualities into your own management style. Are you the best leader you can be? Here are the top 10 qualities of a GREAT leader:

Vision — Has a clear picture of where to go, as well as a firm grasp of what success looks like and how to achieve it

Integrity — Walks the talk

Dedication — Uses whatever time and energy it takes to get whatever accomplished

Magnanimity — Gives credit where it is due and takes personal responsibility for the failures (Spread the fame, take the blame)

Humility — Recognizes that they are no better or worse than the other members of the team 

Openness — Listens to new ideas, even if they do not conform to the usual way of thinking

Creativity — Thinks differently, able to get outside of the box

Fairness — Deals with others consistently and justly

Assertiveness — Clearly states the facts and hears everyone before passing judgment

Humor — Uses humor to energize followers

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