According to Leadership Professor James R. Bailey at the George Washington University, there are four types of leadership: vital leader, amiable leader, maleficent leader, and vacant leader. Each type has different levels of force and direction.
A vital leader has both force and direction. An amiable leader has direction but lacks force. A maleficent leader has force but lacks direction. A vacant leader has no force and no direction.
Ideally, a great leader is an amiable leader of the highest quality. He or she has both strong force and strong direction. And there are at least 5 ways that you can discern among various types of leaders.
When you’re a leader, aim at being a good leader first. When you’ve become one, level up by being a great leader. Everything takes practice, including leadership. It takes ingenuity, innovation, and courage to see beyond what’s presented to you.
A great leader is someone who doesn’t think high of him or herself. Everything is for the betterment of the team, and every team member is special and capable. Using this “great leader mindset” itself require a strong passion to make a difference.
At last, being a great leader requires someone to live an authentic self and be ready to serve others wholeheartedly. After all, being a “great leader” actually means being a “great person” from the inside out.