The third trait of Leadership is People skills.
The first element of people skills is to select the right people to help you toward your goals. Select the brightest, most capable people you can find. Select people who will challenge you. Find those who want your job. Don’t be afraid that your subordinates will look better then you. Others will measure you by how good your subordinates look, so if they look good, you will look good. If they really are so darn good that they could take over your job, that’s alright because they probably won’t stop at your job. They’ll move right on by you and you’ll have a good leader to follow about whom you can say, “I helped get him there.”
Picking good people to assist you in attaining your goals employs a combination of available resources (aptitude test, background checks, etc.) and following your gut instincts. More…