Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trust, humanism, courage and discipline Leaning on intelligence only leads to indiscipline. Practicing only humanism leads to weakness. Persistence on trust leads to foolishness. Depending on the strength of courage leads to violence. Excessive discipline and strictness of orders lead to cruelty. When somebody has all these five qualities, each one proportionately to the function it performs, then she/he has the resources to become a capable leader.
So, what kind of person should theoretically be the ideal leader? The ideal leader has the cleverness to comprehend the details and the complexity of a leaders role: in order to act as a leader, its not enough for someone just to bear the title and keep the power. The idea of leadership itself is subjective, thats the reason why there are so many forms and levels of leadership in the society and the companies. The perfect leader comprehends not only what leading means, but also following.
The ideal leader is conscious of the mutual responsibility of the leader and the team. One part supports the other and also relies on it. A leader without humanity feelings is only a leader with the quality of superior power, while a significant leader mostly inspires by means of the strength and courage of his/her character and his/her principles and not by means of fear and terrorism.
The ideal leader is also someone you can trust. King Charles B was notorious as someone to whose word noone could lean on. Despite his genius, he wasnt historically known as a significant leader; he never trusted anyone and noone ever trusted him. The quintessence of trust and credibility consist in the necessity of interdependence. If a leader loses the trust of those who follow him/her, then they will stop following him/her; if a leader is unable to trust the abilities of those who follow him/her, the result will be a complete catastrophe. Nobody can lead on his own; this idea itself is inept.
A successful leader is brave, not as a physical feature. He/she has to make many decisions on his/her own, although he/she has many consultants around him/her. The ideal leader is the one who willingly takes responsibility for going forward or falling back and takes up the consequences. If a leader does not look to have got the necessary courage to act on behalf of all the others, he/she will lose the trust of the team and he/she finally will lose the position of the leader.
Last, the ideal leader has to impose discipline, classically meaning that he/she must teach the team which way is the right one. Discipline is not just to inspect and penalize those who do not succeed to obey to the orders.
Discipline means guidance, build, training; without discipline, nobody is able to be an efficient leader.