Leadership Traits and Characteristics
There is no magic formula for great leadership, but there are a number of character traits and skills that great leaders seem to share. We’ll explore six of the most important ones in this chapter.
Integrity is absolutely essential in a leader—perhaps more essential than any other factor. People need to be able to respect their leaders and know that they have moral and ethical principles that they live by without compromise. A true leader acts and leads consistent with these principles. Others will exert pressure on a leader to compromise his or her principles to fit the needs of a particular situation or decision; a leader with high integrity will resist the temptation to make a decision that ...