Defining Leadership

How do you define effective leadership? After ten years of pondering and practicing, here is my working list:

  • Exhibits self-control
  • Is fair and just when dealing with other members of the team
  • Takes actions that are clear and decisive
  • Follows a plan
  • Is willing to put in extra work to get the job done
  • Maintains a positive outlook
  • Has a pleasant personality
  • Shows empathy and understanding for others
  • Has a strong knowledge and command of required skills
  • Takes responsibility for team failures
  • Gives due credit for team successes
  • Leads through shared interest and cooperation, as opposed to force