What are the key attributes critical for leaders? What are the attributes of people that show leadership through leading others regardless of their role in the organisation? Leadership is not defined by hierarchy, grade or level of pay. It is defined by the response of those around you.
Leadership comes from within......there are so many examples of this we see in individuals, and for me a recent example is the leadership of Michael J Fox, who has shown that even with a terrible illness, he can show true leadership.
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The main reason is that leadership for me is about providing the "space" for people to be the best they can be and as a leader, to provide the right support, guidance and advice for them. Leadership is not about being seen as "doing" everything, for me, the best leader's are those that actually stand back and allow the team to present their ideas and make them happen. However, leader's also need to know when it is the right time to make that decision that is required to ensure the team operates successfully.