I can think of three traits of people whom I have met that qualify as real leaders, in a variety of positions in their organization. See if your team has people who have these qualities.
Second, leaders are listeners. As part of their learning, they spend time listening. And they listen to a wide variety of people, from their colleagues to their competitors. From donors to grant seekers. And from lots of people in their community. How can you really know what people think if you don't talk with them ... and really listen to them.
Third, leaders are laughers. People who can laugh are much more successful than others. They laugh at themselves whenever possible. They laugh with others as often as possible. And sometimes they are real "jokesters" who actually can lift one's spirits with a joke or a funny story or cartoon. As one who can't even remember a joke five minutes after it's told, I think this is a remarkable trait and I envy those who have it.
Here's to the leadership skills of everybody. May they grow and flourish.
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