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What defines a good leader?

Why are some people better leaders than others? Personality? Trust? Idealism? Why do people follow leaders throughout their careers?


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  • Mar 30 2011: To me definitions by their nature are pragmatic. Like a laundry list of attributes... Rather than what makes a leader worth following. My humble opinion is a leader worth following must have conviction. They must believe in the cause, program, objective... whatever. They must have enough self confidence to surround themselves with good people and the humility to consider alternative opinions. No "yes" men. They must be able to articulate, communicate, and be personable. OK, this is sounding like that that laundry list... so add in integrity, honesty, responsibility, tenacity and vision.

    maybe a simpler definition is a good leader is someone I LIKE, and I believe in.

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