Leadership is not easy, especially in difficult times.
It’s no wonder why great leaders are few and far between. It’s one thing to be an idealist pontificating how the world should be. It’s a whole different ballgame to lead in a world that is less than ideal.
The recent government shutdown in the US along with the never-ending debate about Obamacare have highlighted our need for great leaders that can lead through difficult times.
Throughout history, I’ve been impressed by leaders who rise to occasion in the midst of crisis. Here are some of the traits of great leadership that I believe many are looking for today:
- Leaders who care more about taking responsibility than fixing the blame.
- Leaders who are transparent enough to acknowledge their mistakes and inadequacies.
- Leaders who are driven by a sense of calling rather than their public reputation or career-building strategy.
- Leaders who care more about people than their projects.
- Leaders who don’t limit collaboration to like-minded people.
- Leaders who are not blindsided by the heat of the moment and have the ability to remain patient for the sake of the greater good.
- Leaders who embrace the work and the pain that comes along with the responsibility while not telling everyone how much they have sacrificed.
What traits do you think leaders need to lead through difficult times?