What are some important leadership traits?

What does it mean to be a leader?  How can we become better leaders?  Leadership can be an ephemeral concept, however, many writers have talked about what it means to be a leader, and the necessary characteristics required for successful leadership. Here is a link to a quick quiz that may help you understand your personal leadership style and become familiar with other styles to address situations within your teams as they arise.  The quiz credits Daniel Goleman with outlining the 6 predominate leadership styles.   Here is a link that claims there are 12 different leadership styles.  Whether there are 6 or 12 leadership styles is not the intended takeaway of this post, rather, be mindful of the fact there are many ways to lead and there are many situations that a leader will be faced with that require cultivation of as many styles as possible.  An open-ended question that arises is how do we employ many distinct leadership styles while remaining authentic?

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