Has above average character There are no perfect people, but for a leader to be considered good, they must have a character that is unquestioned within the organization. Leadership always draws criticism from someone, so a leader may not be able to get everyone to believe in him or her, but the people who know the leader best should trust the leaders character. Uses their influence for the good of others Good leaders are as interested in making a positive difference in peoples lives as they are in creating a healthy profit margin.
This doesnt mean that balance sheets and income statements arent important, in fact they are vital for the success of an organization (even non-profits), but a good leader doesnt separating a desire for helping others from the desire for financial success. Good leaders find ways to leverage financial health to strengthen the well-being of others. Is skillful and competent Good leaders can be depended on for their professionalism and follow through.
You dont question whether a good leader is going to be able to complete a task. If they dont know how to do something, they will find someone who does, but they will ensure that a job is done the best way it can be done. Not afraid for others to succeed (even greater than their own success) Good leaders realize that some followers will outgrow the leaders ability to develop them any further. Good leaders, however, arent threatened by anothers success. They are willing to celebrate as those around them succeed.
Serves others expecting nothing in return Good leaders have a heart of service. They truly love and value people and want to help others for the good of the one being helped, not necessarily for personal gain. Continues to learn Good leaders are always learning and implementing those learnings into the betterment of the organization. That could be through reading, conferences, web-based learnings, or through other leaders, but also through people who report to the leader.
Remains accessible, approachable, and accountable to others Good leaders dont isolate themselves from people regardless of the amount of responsibility or power he or she attains. Good leaders willingly seek the input of other people into their professional and personal lives. Is visionary: Thinks for the organization beyond today Good leaders are always thinking beyond today. Whats next? is a common question asked by good leaders, knowing that someone must continually encourage change, growth and strategic thinking for an organization to remain healthy.