(Ron Edmondson) I love observing leaders. I consistently strive to be a better leader, and the best way I know to improve is to watch and learn from other leaders. Whether they have more experience, have learned things I haven’t learned or they reinforce principles of leadership I know—I improve observing other leaders.

In my observations, there are some common traits among the most successful, long-term leaders. It can be easy to lead for a season, or a special project, or even for a decade or more. But leaders who last and are successful for multiple seasons, multiple decades—often in different environments or organizations, with different people—these leaders are rare. And they have shared characteristics. I call these traits the pillars of leadership. READ MORE