A leader is…

When I read Rob La Gesse’s recent LinkedIn post, Random Thoughts on Leadership, I thought about my career and work experience, and began reminiscing about some of my former managers.

Great leaders final
To me, the best bosses are smart leaders who value you as a person and co-worker. They challenge and motivate you to do your best work. They listen to what you have to say, and even if they don’t agree, you come away knowing you had a fair hearing.

They value communication and don’t shy away from tough conversations. They’re fair. Leaders are invested in their employees’ success.

A great leader sees you as a colleague with the skills and talents to complement their knowledge and experience. Teamwork is more than a word to them. They encourage, applaud and model the behavior.

A true leader is fearless. They’re someone you want on your side. They’re always learning, and expect you to do the same.

I’ve been fortunate to work with some awesome leaders and managers. And I’ve worked for others who weren’t leaders, lacking many of the attributes I just described.

Rob’s observations on leadership are thought-provoking and inspirational. “They taught me the art of humanity,” he said. I couldn’t agree more.