This morning I found an interesting, if brief, article on leadership that asked the question: Great leaders naturally attract great followers; therefore, who do we follow and why?
The article offers three observations about why we typically choose to follow a leader:
1. We follow people with character: They do not “bend the rules” (morally unbending or morally straight as we say in our Scout Oath)
2. We follow people who help us grow: They have an uncanny ability to make us feel good about ourselves and help us find ways to improve and develop pride in our own strengths.
3. We follow people who are “spiky” as opposed to generically, “well rounded” — possessing unique strengths and weaknesses that are leveraged for results.
The article also mentions a fourth characteristic — experience — or more particularly, the wisdom and insights from having “been around the block” once or twice. This maturity is always attractive in a leader — assuring followers that many of the “dumb mistakes” have been shaken out and that a smoother ride should be found in the future.