There are countless quotes about what makes and defines good leadership. I cannot judge, whether John Quincy Adams really set an example for his quote mentioned here. But it is a very precise description of what good leadership means:
Inspire others to follow their dreams, to never stop learning, to always achieve more, and to constantly evolve.
Managing a team is one thing, but actually leading a team makes the difference. Leadership does not mean to tell exactly what has to be done. Leadership rather means inspiring and motivating people to find their own creative ways and solutions to achieve the agreed goals. And in this process, it is allowed to make mistakes from time to time in order to learn from them. Leadership means trusting the team and the employees, empowering them to make their own decisions. Leadership means setting a clear goal and then coaching the team to find the path to that goal. Through true leadership and empowerment, you will not only unleash the full potential of your employees, but you will also create space for creativity and innovation. Most importantly, you create trust on both sides, the foundation for any successful collaboration.
A good leadership culture needs to develop, and for this to happen, it needs good role models in the company’s management. When developing a great leadership culture, there will be questions like:
How many hierarchy levels are existing?
How does the decision making process look like?
How do managers develop their employees?
Is there a feedback culture and how is it practiced?
How is the organization dealing with mistakes?
To whom are managers accountable?
What are the current leadership styles?
Where haves current leadership styles proven to be successful and where not?
Who typically becomes a manager?
How are managers evaluated and developed?
Do employees perceive managers as competent?
Who determines the values and develops the strategy of the company?
I would be glad to support you in developing a true leadership culture.