An article entitled Leadership Skills: 8 Principles Every Leader Should Know, by Brian Kight, discusses those principles that a leader at any level should have, including:
Great leadership begins with the person, not the position.
Great leadership is about your level of influence, not your level of authority.
Great leaders are as good at listening as they are at communicating.
Great leadership is about wisdom, not intelligence.
Before you can lead, you must first learn to follow.
Great leaders create stability and drive change.
Great leaders use their power by giving it to others.
Effective leadership requires courage. Lots of courage.
Principled is defined as: having, based on, or relating to strong beliefs about what is right and wrong
Throughout my career, I have been very fortunate to have had several mentors, supervisors and co-workers who exemplified these leadership principles. A few times, I have worked with individuals who lacked these principles of a great leader which was to the detriment of the organization. Having principled leaders assures success in any organization.