Leadership Is About More Than the Leader


Leaders lead others. They present themselves to the world. They transact with others. They create a culture in which their organization performs.

This model includes four categories with attributes describing each. There are many leadership models that one can explore in popular books. The attributes of this model should include the elements of the models.

The Four Categories


WHO THEY ARE (the stick man): A leader’s personality is within them. It is their nature or default to behavior based on their personality.

WHO THEY ARE KNOWN TO BE (the loop around the stick man): This is how one presents themselves to the world. This may change depending on the situation. A leader may take on a different persona in the workplace, their home, their church, etc. This may be in conflict with their default personality. Some people take this to an extreme using wisdom like, “fake it ’til you make it.”

HOW THEY WORK WITH OTHERS (the two-way arrow): Leaders lead others…people. The leader uses a variety of skills to lead and transact with others. Many, if not most of these attributes can be learned and improved.

THE CULTURE THEY CREATE (the outer box): Every leader, no matter at what level, creates a culture around them. A department manager may be operating their department with a much larger organization. The “supervisory discretion” exercised by the manager creates a micro-culture that is unique for those in that department.


WHO THEY ARE: Clarity; Creativity; Intelligence; Intuition; Openness; Positive Attitude; Self-Awareness; Self-Confidence; Self-Discipline; Self-Efficacy; Values


  • PERSONAL: Adaptability; Agreeableness; Boldness; Calmness; Caring; Charisma; Compassion; Confidence; Conscientiousness; Consistency; Courageousness; Empathy; Extraversion Introversion; Fearlessness; Genuine; Humility; Neuroticism; Patience; Tactfulness
  • BUSINESS: Accountability, Advocacy; Assertiveness; Commitment; Competence; Dependability; Engagement; Enthusiasm; Focus; Flexibility; Generosity; Initiative; Inspiration; Judgement; Loyalty; Organization; Passion; Persistence; Predictability; Pride; Rationality; Results-Orientation; Responsibility; Servant-hood; Vision

HOW THEY WORK WITH OTHERS: Anger Management; Change Tolerance (& Uncertainty); Collaboration; Communications/Listening; Conflict Resolution; Coaching; Customer Focus & Service; Decisive & Decision-Making; Delegation; Inclusion; Influence; Interpersonal Skills; Manage Resources; Mentoring; Motivation; Performance Management; Persuasion; Planning; Presentation Skills; Problem Solving; Respect; Social Skills; Stress Tolerance; Teamwork; Time Management

THE CULTURE THEY CREATE: Continuous Improvement; Innovation; Learning Environment; Proactive vs. Reactive; Short vs. Long-Term Thinking; Source of Power

Stephen P. (Steve) Czerniak

About the author: Mr. Czerniak retired after a successful career that culminated in fifteen years of experience as an internal consultant and “change agent.” He is currently a volunteer at the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator and the Troy Historic Village and Society.

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