From my experiences in workplaces so far, leaders seem to have the following qualities:
-when they speak, it attracts people's attention. its either the choice of words they use, how they express their ideas, or just the strength of their personality or combinations of these three.
- a can-do attitude where if something goes wrong, they do not panic and can think of the most practical solution
- has a natural ability to read people and know their strengths and weaknesses and can exploit them for their strengths and limit their weaknesses
I think the mainstream public sees leaders in the business world as the attractive, well dressed guy who speaks well. That's not always the case. There are some exceptional leaders who are socially awkward but when it comes to the job at hand, they have a knack for knowing how to organize and lead people to get the job done in the most efficient manner.
So what is leadership? It seems it takes a special breed of people to be leaders. They have to have the right combination of vision, confidence, natural affinity with people, creativity and temperment. Take away any of these and it won't work.
Can these qualities be developed over time? Are they also specific to the company and your specific circumstance? Perhaps some people can only be good leaders in certain circumstances and settings.
Which qualities does someone with leadership potentail exhibit? Which qualities can be developed over time and experience?