I have long held that the most vital characteristic of leadership is integrity. Other?s including some who I greatly respect would say the most important characteristic of leadership is good judgment.
I have a hard time admitting I could be wrong about this. It does seem though that lots of people are willing to sacrifice integrity for what they think is judgment that more closely resembles their own.
But it is beginning to appear that those who believe judgment to be the most crucial leadership characteristic may be mistaken as well. That?s because empathy seems to be increasing in importance.
There are currently 462 million variations of the definition of leadership on Google. No matter which one you prefer they all have something to do with people. The definitions say something about motivating, encouraging, teaching, challenging, or building people. They talk about caring and making a difference in the lives…
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