What is one character trait that you believe every leader should possess?
I believe that leaders should be relatable to their followers. Leaders are looked upon as someone that can guide others to their own individual success and in order to do that, they need to be relatable to each other. The leader should be viewed at the same level as the follower (e.g. student to student, human to human), and when that is achieved, they are able to open up more freely to each other and discuss. When the word ‘leadership’ comes up, the word ‘power’ often comes to mind - we should change our perspective on that and realize that everyone is essentially at the same level; the only difference being is that a leader is someone who is willing to help guide others either passively or actively.
In my leadership positions, I have always strived to have a mutual leadership relationship between those who view me as a leader or mentor. I have been blessed with many friendships that stemmed from me looking up to others, and when I was able to lead others.