Leaders take responsibility for themselves and anyone in their charge. Leaders communicate openly, honestly, and kindly with the people around them. They are respectful of others’ opinions and are comfortable disagreeing when necessary. Leaders are creative and have a vision for a better future. They are also able to enlist people to that vision and inspire them to work towards a greater good. Leaders are willing to roll up their sleeves to do the work and also know when to delegate a task to someone else. They make decisions when necessary and are willing to be held accountable for those decisions. They are confident in their abilities and instill confidence in those around them. They maintain a positive attitude and motivate those around them to adopt the same.
Whether actually leading a team or just running their own lives, a true leader is much more than a manager… they are an inspiration to others.