Numbered or bulleted lists of action items to become a stronger, more effective leader in your current role.

After asking many executives what characteristics made a successful leader, I created a list of the 20 top answers. Are you following all 20? And with the right experiences can all executives learn to be leaders?

1. Ethical and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Leadership sets the standards and culture for ethical behavior.

2. A Leader is there to serve: A truly successful leader understands that you are there to serve your team, not to be served.

Have you ever thought about what makes a great leader? There have been a number of books written on the subject but many go too deep and fail to communicate the key principles needed for successful leadership. Motivating people and getting them excited about their contributions to company success is vital to successful leadership. When executives work together with no agenda other than creating greater company value, there are no limits to accomplishment. It is a leader’s responsibility to create that atmosphere and grow it within the workforce.

My elements of a successful leader are: