Leadership is the art of leading others to deliberately create a result that would not have happened otherwise.
To be a leader, you need to:
Be a "person of influence" by adding value to others
We're all familiar with these qualities and recognize them in good leaders we have known. But this list is missing one important quality of leadership.
A good leader must be able to deal with criticism constructively.
Criticism was not something I used to handle well, especially in my earliest leadership positions. Looking back, I recognize that some of the decisions I made in those positions were focused on making people like me.
In other words, my decisions were motivated by a desire to avoid criticism. Unfortunately, some of those decisions were not good for my employer or my immediate career. Plus, some of those decisions did not turn out well for the people I was supposed to be leading.
Aristotle said, "Criticism is something you can avoid--by...