Michael Jinkins offers some good examples of healthy leadership in his recent article.
We often assume leadership to be a positive trait, but in fact, it can be good or bad, constructive or destructive. Or, as I believe, healthy or unhealthy. How do we distinguish healthy from unhealthy leadership? I believe there are 10 characteristics of healthy leaders:
- They lead from spiritual and emotional health.
- They are dedicated to the health of others.
- They represent the character and mission of their organization, but are also capable of objectivity.
- They understand the organization as a social system.
- They provide a calming presence and emotionally well-differentiated leadership.
- They plan.
- They embrace the wisdom of deliberation.
- They are never too old to learn.
- They know what to pay attention to.
- They enlist followers in change.
Click here to read the full article and the details of each trait.
What other traits do you think a leader needs to have? Who do you think is a good leader at work, in your group of friends or at church? Who do you think sees you as a leader?