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Two secrets of modern leadership

1) People want to be led. Of course they don’t want to be led by just anyone. They want to be led by a leader who is thoughtful, who asks open ended questions (and actually listens to the answers instead of judging), who is self-assured, and honest. Charisma is nice, but not an absolute necessity for a modern leader, particularly if the leader is honest.

2) Modern leaders know when to follow. You can’t possibly be an expert on everything. In fact, there is a good chance that many of your team members know more about certain subjects than you do (and if they don’t then you’ve done an insufficient job building or connecting with your team). When you’re way outside your comfort zone as a leader and someone else is more qualified, let them take the wheel. Your ability to gracefully follow is just as important as your ability to confidently lead.

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