Quick — tick off the leadership traits that you often hear from conference speakers, read in leadership books or blogs, or study in training programs.
I’m guessing your list includes these: inspiring, visionary, passionate, focused, disciplined, decisive, ethical.
The lesser known qualities of leadership get far less mention, but still they play a huge role in determining success over a leader’s lifetime.
A vindictive boss imprisons his staff. When an employee makes a mistake, the boss has a chance to give feedback and help the employee grow from the experience.
Then the two come to the proverbial fork in the road: To forgive and move forward or to victimize and warn against any future risk-taking that might lead to another mistake. Other employees learn as onlookers.
Does the boss hold that employee captive forever because of the past mistake, or does the employee get to move forward with a clean slate? If forgiveness is not free-flowing, all employees learn to be extra cautious before contributing new ideas.
Perhaps the descriptive phrase attached to President Ronald Reagan more often than any other is “positive attitude.”
A Google search of “Ronald Reagan” and “positive attitude” will return 199,000 results. An upbeat, hopeful attitude attracts followers and encourages people to engage with a mission.