I don't generally label leaders "good" or "bad" because that tends to sound like a value judgment, but I do believe there are some characteristics that self-aware or enlightened leaders posses that help them move in a positive direction. So, with that being said, here are ten characteristics of what many people term "good" leaders:
- They possess emotional intelligence, which means they are able to identify and positively manage their own as well as others' emotions.
- They're empathic.
- They see and understand the big picture instead of getting stuck in minute detail.
- Their employees and colleagues genuinely like them.
- They build bridges instead of walls.
- They are expert listeners and practice two-way communication.
- They get out of the way and let people do their thing.
- They don't have power and control issues.
- They create positive, easy-going, highly productive work environments.
- They possess self-awareness.
There really isn't some hidden secret to being a "good" leader, it just means that you're a decent human being who is, by extension, able to promote a workplace that is healthy and happy. What would you add to this list?