My definition of what makes a good leader has not changed since last week. This is because, as previously stated, a leader must at the very least be good at what they do otherwise they will not advance in their career. I do not agree with the Gladwell article about the Warren Harding error. Although I acknowledge that there may be subconscious tendencies to favor tall, handsome men over shorter men, women or people of color, if a person does not have what it takes to do well in their career they will not be hired. However, even if they were hired they would not last very long before being fired.
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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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