There are a number of defining characteristics that have stood the test of time. In today’s post we take a look at some of the “soft” traits that define a great leader.

Responsible Leadership is Kind 

To be kind means to be considerate of those involved. Leadership expert John Maxwell often writes: “People will not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

A corporate CEO or director, who actually cares for his employees and customers, reaches out to them and wants to provide the best environment and within which the most pertinent needs are satisfied. In this way, personnel will remain motivated and eager to stay and customers more likely to return. Google is well-known for its employee friendly atmosphere. 

The Responsible Leader is Patient 

Another characteristic of successful, proactive leadership is to not rush into the fray at a moments notice, either to react to changing market conditions or a blunder by a staff member. Instead, the right kind of managers and directors are patient to analyze each and every situation

(a) to find the right way and proper time to respond to a market condition; or

(b) to figure out how to deal with an employee mistake or violation without destroying morale within the organization. 

Responsible Leadership is not Envious 

Irresponsible heads get all wrapped up in what the other guy is doing. They see the success of the other guy and try to copy it. While benchmarking to learn and adopt best practices is a good habit of a learning company, another characteristic the right kind of leader is to not try to keep up with the Jones’.

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden never scouted his opponent before a game; his strategy was to teach his players to execute their own style of play to the best of their collective abilities. In this way, Wooden’s teams won 10 Division I NCAA national championships in 12 years. 

The Responsible Leader is Never Overbearing 

A fourth characteristic of successful, proactive leadership is that it is not boastful, proud, or rude. Responsible leaders do not need to go around blowing their own horn or treating personnel and customers like trash.

While nearly all top corporate directors are self-assured and driven for top performance, the best CEOs and corporate heads are thankful for and acknowledge the contribution of their employees, knowing they could not have accomplished anything without loyal and competent staff and workers. 

These are just four characteristics of responsible leadership that can help CEOs, corporate heads, and business managers become the right kind of leader in every kind of situation. 

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