3 Qualities That Set Great Leaders Apart From Mediocre Leaders

3 things great leaders do differently from mediocre leaders. It sets them and their team up for greatness and posterity.

Josh White
5 min readSep 7, 2021


“If you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.” — Barack Obama| PEXEL

The difference between a great leader and a mediocre leader is not so much what the great leaders do that the mediocre leaders cannot do.

Rather, what sets great leaders apart are the things the mediocre leaders can also do but feel are unimportant and so just overlook them. As long as the mediocre leader continues with this faulty assumption, they keep getting their teams in trouble, waste resources, pass over opportunities, and wasting the teams' potential. As a result, the team and individual members find it difficult to grow and make the most of their potentials.

Having been on both sides of the coin, and a few observations from many leaders around me, here are three things great leaders do differently than mediocre leaders.

Let me quickly add this: aside from helping you recognize a great leader, these best practices also help you advance your leadership potential if you practice them and make them become part of you.

Here they are:

1. Great Leaders Allows Their Team To Exercise Your Initiative

Great leaders allow their team members to flex their initiative muscles. They allow them to brainstorm for ways to solving a problem. By so doing, they give room for growth and self-discovery.

The act of finding their way to solutions helps their teams or protégé develops their thinking faculties, enhances their problems solving skills. As a result, they get themselves fit for their leadership career and personal success.

Personally, my greatest leaders are the ones that allowed me to find my way around a problem. They allowed me to invest my effort in finding solutions out.

There were moments I struggled with some major career and life difficulties. Instead of offering me the secrets that work for them, they offered guidance and encouragement.
They reassured me I was on the right path. They encouraged me to be consistent.



Josh White

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