What Makes a Good Leader?
One thing's for sure, being a follower is not what makes a good leader! You know the old "if your friends jumped off a bridge" adage, right? Then again, the one jumping from a bridge isn't that great of a leader either. I mean, it doesn't exactly show good decision-making skills.
I would have to say that one of the main qualities of a good leader is to not be afraid to go against the crowd, even if it means contention or strife.
Most folks are a bit timid to speak up and say something that might make waves and thus rock the boat. They hate conflict... maybe because they would just rather be "liked". And you know, if you disagree... why that's just disagreeable!
In the Asch Conformity Experiments we see some rather unbelievable results. Simple questions were put forth where the correct answer was as plain as the beak on Dr. J's face, and yet at least 1/3 of the participants gave the wrong answer. Why?
Oh, because everybody else gave the wrong answer. Watch this video of the Asch Conformity Experiment and see how some folks cringe when it comes to social pressure.
Solomon E. Asch says,
"You may be a conformist if...
In this video you can see some variables, such as when there is another in the group that supports the (for lack of a less offensive term) conformist's view.
The Qualities of a Leader
It takes more than just a lack of conformity to be a truly great leader though. It takes something that very few have. Things like...