To be a great leader is to push yourself above mediocrity and perform at high levels in your field; by so doing, you inspire and teach others how to do same. Many things constitute greatness in leaders; personally, I believe that we all are born with leadership qualities in us, it is left to us to give ourselves permission to activate that inner power and so actually lead. True leadership is really about 'drive' combined with a 'solid character' or what is generally refered to as integrity ... especially for leaders who wish to perform long-term.
Here are 8 things that great leaders do:
1. Leaders empathize, they do not criticize.
2. Leaders inspire others to want to be better and do better ... and then create a positive and productive atmosphere for others to excel in.
3. Leaders are respectful of everyone on their teams, recognizing that individuals play different roles in turning the wheels of success. Good leaders value individuality and capitalize on individual talents.
4. Leaders do everything in their power to build and develop themselves and team members - they build excellence, productivity, trust, focus, etc. They do not command.