Countless books and articles have been written on this subject, and everyone has an idea of what qualities they expect to see in a leader. Here's our take.
Great leaders have a very clear idea of what they want and how they're going to accomplish it. And they can clearly explain those goals to anyone and everyone.
You can recognize great leaders by their air of calm assurance that they'll always be successful in the end, even when things don't go according to plan. This is not the same thing as arrogance, cockiness or boastfulness.
Great leaders don't waffle back and forth when making decisions, or change their orders from one day to the next. They make up their minds, then make a total commitment to seeing it through.
Great leaders learn from failures and manage setbacks so that they're never a total loss. They analyze the situation without panicking or over-reacting, and develop a logical solution. Their positive attitude supports the team's morale, which enables a quicker recovery.
As every real leader knows, maximizing the team's potential — not self-glorification — is the way to success. They communicate with and listen to their subordinates. They give their support staff opportunities to grow and develop their skills.
Great leaders lead by example. They work harder and longer than anyone else on the team. They strive every day to be the best they can be. And when they make a promise or commitment, they stick to it.
Those are our top 7 attributes that make a great leader. What do you think? Would your list be different? Who do you think are the greatest leaders in history? Let us know in the comments.