The Five Things That Make a Leader

Last Updated Mar 18, 2008 10:07 PM EDT

The amusingly named Hillbilly PhD blog has a post on the five qualities of leadership:

Don't let circumstances control your behavior
Be persistent
Assess yourself honestly and thoroughly
Learn from failure
Follow your purpose.

This is my condensation of his entries. As with all such lists, easy to say, harder to do -- he cites leaders like Lincoln and Gandhi, people who stand out in history for a reason. For the full discussion of these, head to his site. He says he'll focus on these characteristics for some time to come.

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