Good leaders have ‘air’ about them (Guest commentary)

Inclusion style applies insight, innovation, willingness to learn to drive results
By Danielle Gault
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/22/2010

What makes a great leader? That’s a tough question to answer. Not everyone is equipped to be a good leader and not all good leaders use the same style. The best leaders have insight, imagination, a willingness to learn on the job and enough flexibility to make course corrections.

There are four leadership styles that mesh nicely with the four elements — earth, water, fire and air.

Earth leadership style: Baby boomers, raised in the Leave it to Beaver world of the 1940s and 1950s, understood, trusted and felt secure within a hierarchical system respecting the police, teachers, parents and, certainly, the vice-principal — known for discipline.