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Poll Question: What Do Good Leaders Do That Makes You Want to Follow Them?

Let’s be honest, it takes someone special to be a good leader. Leaders are only successful when people want to follow them. Just having leadership skills and your MBA is not sufficient. Think about the best leaders you know – whether in your company or at another company. What makes them a good leader? Why are they successful and good at their job?

Two good books on leadership you might enjoy:

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (John C. Maxwell), and

The Leadership Challenge (James Kouzes and Barry Posner)

What makes a good leader? (Select the top 3)

  • Strategic vision and the ability to communicate that vision (34%, 18 Votes)
  • Inspires others (21%, 11 Votes)
  • Honesty and integrity (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Thought leader (15%, 8 Votes)
  • Gives credit where it’s due (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Listens to others’ suggestions (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Outgoing personality, approachable (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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In the Comment field, please let me know what else makes a leader effective that may not be captured on this list.  Describe the ideal leader in your opinion.  Give examples if you can.  Thanks for participating!