In my experience the best leaders are aware of what they know, and just as clearly, what they don’t know and they are okay with both. Leaders are confident but not egotistical or braggarts. They are always learning from those around them, versus believing they know it all. And without a doubt, the finest leaders are excellent listeners. They listen for the needs, desires and goals of others and plan accordingly. Their decisions are based on what is best for the group, not their own agenda. This is not to say that a leader won’t venture out in a way that might, at first, seem contradictory to a perceived or current direction. Leaders will take risks and face the consequences of those risks. Positive or Negative. Leaders take ownership for their behavior and expect the same from others.
This is the short leadership characteristic list. There are many micro characteristics that fall into the definition of a leader. Suffice to say when you see one, you feel it.
What leadership characteristics are you drawn to? Who do you know or listen to that make you want to take action? Who makes you feel? What leadership characteristics do you possess? What leadership skills or characteristics do you want to hone or acquire? Let's talk about it in the comments area.