Don’t measure yourself or your staff against unattainable leadership qualities; you’ll always come up short.
Here are the two most vital leadership characteristics:
- Leaders who attain their goals have an overriding sense of purpose. They care deeply about an idea, a dream, a community of customers, certain values, or a vision of things as they should be.
- True leaders have enough self-awareness to know how they can lead. They don’t know everything, but they know enough to proceed.
—Adapted from Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, Harvard Business School Press.