The article below deals with the fact that many people "believe that once they obtain a certain title or level of leadership, people will automatically respect and listen to them." Of course that's not true.

So what are people looking for in leaders?

Kouzes and Posner answer this in their book "The Leadership Challenge". On top of the list are these four characteristics:

  • Honest
  • Forward-Looking
  • Competent
  • Inspiring

Interestingly, this finding seems to stand the test of time (surveys from 1987-2012 give similar results) and apparently it is valid across countries (respondents from six continents).

So if you are looking for a simple approach to leadership, you may want to start by checking how you score on these four characteristics.