There are qualities that are typically associated with a leader
Confidence | Passion
Integrity | Empathy
Accountability | Courage
Humility | Patience
First off, I would like to throw “confidence” right out the window, an individual does not need confidence to be a good leader, yes it may help, having said confidence may make leading easier, yet there are those who lead, yet don’t have the confidence in doing so, they doubt them selves, they often wonder why people would like to follow them, yet they are still great leaders. However, I do believe these qualities are truth to some extent. “Passion”-it is important to have a passion for the work you are doing and more important to have passion for the people you are doing it for and with; without that, you may find yourself in a stale area of just working to get a terrible job done. “Humility” – Be able to admit when you are wrong, when you need help, when you can’t do something. It is okay to be human.
It is a combination of characteristics and achievements that, I believe, assist in building the credibility of a good leader. the ability to be honest, have a positive attitude, trust in intuition, be influential and of course achieve the goals and task you have set out to achieve, are make a great leader. It is here we can defined and distinguished between a boss and a leader. One does not need such personable characteristics to achieve goals, to put a team on track and set out to do what they are meant to do, but with out them, do you think people would want to follow you? Do you think they would want to be happy and do good work under you?
Conversely, there are those who have done great harm, who do not posses such qualities and characteristics, who have been defined as leaders. Hitler, Stalin, have been defined as great leaders, because despite their intentions, what they did, the harm they caused, they still motivated and united hundreds of thousands of people under one cause. They may not be a leader the world wants to see, or a leader that even should be leading or in a possession of power, yet they are still a leader.