You hear a lot about leadership – especially in tough times. But what is it, exactly, that good leaders do?

Here’s one take on it from Marillyn Hewson (and as president of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, she knows of what she speaks). See how you measure up to Hewson’s to-do list, whether it’s at work, at home, or out in the community.

Five Characteristics of Leadership:

  1. See beyond today to what needs to be done – then take the initiative to do it. 
  2. Build enduring, inclusive relationships.
  3. Energize the team.
  4. Deliver results. Turn strategy into reality.
  5. Model your own personal behavior with excellence, integrity, accountability.

Above all, Hewson reminds us, leaders inspire hope.

This post’s content is from Hewson’s remarks, “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” at the recent Binghamton University School of Management Abraham J. Briloff Lecture on Accountability and Society. For more information about Hewson, click here.


Pete Cronk, Managing Partner