A great leader is innovative—not rigid. Some rules must be followed, such as those set forth by the head of the organization or governing body, but many rules are meant to be bent, broken, or broadened. A great leader does not keep doing the same thing over and over again simply because that’s the way it’s always been done. Instead, she takes calculated risks, making sure the research is reliable and counting the cost. A great leader is willing to try new things based on solid feedback, facts, and due diligence. She assesses processes, procedures, and policies frequently, looking for gaps or cracks in quality and service, and she works to devise better ways to get the job done. And when something doesn’t work, she admits it, learns from it, and moves on.
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