… ‘Leadership qualities’ are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. The include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humour, flexibility, resourcefulness, determination, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head even when things are going badly. This is the opposite of the ‘charisma’ that we hear so much about.” — John Holt
We tend to think of a leader as someone who’s simply in control and comes across as charming, but as educator John Holt points out there are many more important qualities. If you’re looking to be a good leader, they are certainly qualities you’d want to adopt and grow. Most of us, however, will not be leaders but will want to follow good ones. When you’re looking for a job and try to get one at a company you respect, it’s also important to look at who will be leading you when you work there. Are they patient, courageous and determined, or are they just charismatic?