Leadership, they say, is first and foremost, behavior, and skills second. Good leaders are followed mainly because they are trusted and respected by the people they lead, rather than because they are admired for the skills they possess. Leadership is different to management. Management relies more on planning, and on organisational and communications skills. Leadership relies on management skills too, but more so on qualities such as integrity, honesty, humility, courage, commitment, sincerity, passion, confidence, positivity, wisdom, determination, compassion, sensitivity, and a degree of personal charisma.
Several factors contribute to the development of a leader. Obviously, the leader’s personal qualities are important, but also critical are the needs of the people being led and the objective they are pursuing. Some personality types thrive better in leadership roles than others, but leadership skills can be learned.