Current Definition: My current definition of a good leader has not changed between this week and last week. This is because although a leader may need to incorporate diverse voices in their organization, they have the last voice in the long run and they need to use their emotional/social intelligence to determine how to react to everyone's voice. I believe this issue was previously addressed so there is no reason to change my definition.
My final definition of a good leader is as follows: A strong leader has excellent communication skills, strong work ethic, clear direction and a desire to do better. They have a strong base of emotional and social intelligence to inspire those around them and must be able to make the difficult decisions no one else wants to. The will surround themselves with a group of people who work together efficiently and can make up for each other's missing abilities.
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My original definition of a leader was a person with strong leadership qualities has excellent communication skills, a strong work ethic and a desire to do better. A leader will surround themselves with a group of people who can work together efficiently and can make up for each other's missing abilities. A leader also needs a strong base of emotional and social intelligence in order to inspire those who work for them and it needs to be added that along with having emotional intelligence they need to fully disclose their dislike of change to their followers. A leader must have a clear goal and direction and must be able to make the difficult decisions no one else wants to since there is often times more than one correct answer to a problem.
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