One of history's great questions.
Here are some thoughts.
Good leaders define reality for their team, organization, country.
They paint pictures of what is - and what can be -- and these pictures pull us into the future.
|The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David (1787)|
Good leaders have deeply rooted values and try to live their lives by them.
Their values are in accord with the great religions. Our readers will be familiar with the Cardinal Virtues by now!
Good leaders have what the ancients called a "tragic" sense of life.
In other words, they understand life is hard, that we only partially succeed and then we die.
But nonetheless, we strive to get better every day because that's what it means to be human.
And yet, good leaders don't take themselves too seriously.
They practice the "light touch", which recognizes the comedy in all things.
Good leaders are tough - they can cut your head off with one sword stroke.
But they act with gentleness.