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Basic Traits of Effective Leaders

by Clayton JamesNoted leadership expert and New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell states, "A company cannot grow without until its leaders grow within."1 Simply stated: Weak leaders equate to a weak organization. Strong leaders = a strong organization.What is a leader? Simply defined, a leader is a person who influences others to move in a certain direction. Do not confuse the term "leader" with manager, administrator, or power-seeker. Neither necessarily denotes a leader.There are different types of leadership. Leaders in your department may be appointed or promoted (formal leadership). The official authority to influence a company, shift, district, or battalion has been b...

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