By ERIC LAU
A wise leader once said, “He who thinks he leads, but has no followers is simply taking a walk.”
Great leaders have genuine followers. Genuine followers willingly submit themselves to great leaders. They follow because they want to, not because they have to.
So, what makes a leader so compelling that people would just follow them wholeheartedly?
Credibility is the foundation of leadership. It is the quality of being trusted and believed. Credibility is the currency of influence. Without credibility, sustainable leadership influence that bears good fruit is impossible.
In their bestselling book, The Leadership Challenge, authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner researched extensively about personal traits, characteristics and attributes people look for and admire in a person whom they would be willing to follow.
According to their research, what people most look for in a leader has been constant over time across countries, cultures, ethnicities, organisational functions and hierarchies, genders, level of education and age groups.
The answer? For people to follow a leader willingly, the No. 1 trait that leaders must display is honesty.
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