What makes a good leader

Lately I have been thinking about leadership a lot. Some quotes:

A good leader can be determined by their followers. If a leader has a good following its for a reason. What is a leader without people to follow their leadership? A good leader has to be relational as well as positional. (via)

A strong leader knows that it is often better to be on “stand-by” and be a good listener, than to rush around trying to prove a point and overshooting the goals of a group. (via)

There were few others who were known to be hard task masters, authoritarian and at times were supercilious in demeanor not desirable traits. I remember one supervisor who was so popular with his workers, that they missed him, when he transferred to another location. One of the qualities evident in this supervisor was that he consistently demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills. He was easily accessible to his workers, and perceptive to their needs. He trusted and delegated a lot of responsibility to his subordinates, while maintaining accountability for their actions. Many other supervisors regarded this as a somewhat high risk behavior. The trust that he reposed in his subordinates made them feel empowered to make decisions in their job tasks. They assumed proactive behaviors towards work, and this facilitated a positive attitude, leadership and greater confidence in the employees. It was a rewarding experience for them, working for such a supervisor. Understandably, they were quite disappointed by his absence. (via)

A harmonious and well balanced interpersonal relationship between a supervisor and employee is essential to success. A supervisor who has these qualities will make a positive difference. (via)

There are three main things that make a good leader. The first is that a leader must practice what he preaches. The second is that he has to look after and protect those around him. The third is that he must be able to develop other good leaders. I will go into more detail about how to implement all three of these characteristics, so that you too can become a good leader. (via)

Too often we do focus on processes or the lack thereof when try[ing] to improve the overall efficiency and profitability of our organizations. Instead, we should try to have a real conversation for a change. (via)

Good leaders are able to provide emotional support for those for whom they are responsible. They recognize the importance of encouragement and inspiring confidence and also give recognition of a job well done. (via)