Leadership provides inspiration, monitoring, and guidance. The best leaders use subtle, minimal direction in guiding group members toward accomplishment of a goal or mission. The best leaders are typically quiet-spoken and analytical. They typically possess qualities of openness, innovation, determination, and devotion to universal values.
· sincere investment in the values, assets, and mission of a group.
· respect for the human capabilities and limitations of members.
· acute perception of factors affecting progress toward a goal.
· willingness to consider and implement constructive change.
· courage, decision skills, and resourcefulness to maintain momentum.
· an unwavering focus on goal attainment.
Leadership is an achievement, not a birthright. Leaders cannot command respect; they must earn the genuine respect of group members. Good leaders have previously gained skill and experience as good followers. They are able to perform any difficult task imposed upon other group members, and can genuinely empathize with the personal challenges of members.
Following successful attainment of the goal or mission, good leaders redirect incoming praise and credit to each member of the group.