What Makes A Good Leader? Ask Uncle Sam

What do the major generals who are leading the war efforts in Iraq have in common with executives and entrepreneurs who are conducting business back home? When it comes to leadership, the answer is probably a lot more than you think.

In a recent study conducted by the Army War College, subordinates of the major generals who are leading the war efforts in Iraq were asked to rate the performance of their superiors.

The survey revealed that the best leaders:

* Keep cool under pressure
* Clearly explains the missions, sets standards and priorities
* See the big picture; provides context and perspective
* Make tough, sound decisions on time
* Adapt quickly to new situations; can handle bad news
* Give useful feedback; sets a high ethical tone
* Are positive, encouraging and realistically optimistic

According to retired Gen. Walter Ulmer, coauthor of the study,