Charismatic and Self-Confident
A good leader has charisma and self-confident. People have to believe in the leader, then the leader can be considered as a good one. Being confident is the first step to this, as followers tend to like people who are firm in their believes. Having charisma backs this up. Take President Barack Obama for example. His charismatic nature has captivated many, local and foreign.
A good leader has to be inspirational. So much so that he/she can inspire a change in people. This is one way of making people motivated to move towards a common goal. Take Steve Job for example. He told the CEO from Pepsi, "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to change the world?"
Leaders have to have a vision. And they must dare to speak about it. People tend to listen to people whom they share a common vision with. However, most people are either not in the know of the leader's vision, or that the leader does not have one. A leader that has no time to plan for the future most probably will not be doing too well himself in the present.
How do you think a good leader manages crisis under stressful situations?
I think a good leader should first remain calm. He has to think through the chain of events that lead to the crisis. After he has identified the root of the problem, he can then solve the problem and take precautions against another wave of it.
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