Differentiating Between Good and Great Leaders

By Akansha Arora

Updated Over a Week Ago

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Good and great leadership have distinctive differentiating characteristics. Leadership is not one-dimensional.

Emphasizing the Use of “Great”

The adjective ‘great,’ when prefixed to a noun, makes it unusually intense and powerful. Yes, great also means excellent. But that is not the only meaning great can have.

Great leaders are not just ‘better’ than good leaders. They are a class apart. They inspire to learn and grow, spread positive energy, uproot complacency, and can turn an unproductive group into a blooming one with their effective and powerful personality.

The Difference

Being a good leader requires you to have your own set of qualities that give you the ‘good’ title.

Good leaders often work toward protecting the current state of affairs. They keep the good ideas going, work around them, and witness gradual growth.

Great leaders, on the other hand, are game-changers. They innovate, generate ideas of their own, and make them work.

You will be lucky to work with a great leader as they motivate you to become one. Talking about the differences the following are the stark differences between a good and great leader:

Good Leaders Tell You What They Can Do and Great Leaders Make You Realize What You Can Do

Great leaders have magnetic personalities. They make you feel better about yourself, and who does not like to be accompanied by people of this nature?

Leaders who impress you with their capabilities and knowledge are good. The ones who have the ability to make you feel better are considered to be great.

Good Leaders Will Have the Right Attitude, and Great Leaders Make Friends

A good leader comes out to be bigger than life, having huge responsibilities and a different lifestyle.

On the other hand, you will be able to relate to a great leader. They will be someone you can trust and call your friend and do not show the difference between themselves and you, and they work towards diminishing the gap between them and their team.

Good Leaders Say, Great Leaders Make You Believe

Good leaders will tell you that you are doing great, and a great one will appreciate you and motivate you to do even better.

There is no learning limit with great leaders. They are focused on your growth, learning, and efficiency, along with the company’s targets.

Actions of trust and respect by a great leader make people feel included and important.

Good Leaders Keep the Ship Straight, But  Great Leaders Sail in the Ship

Good leaders make sure that everyone around is working properly. They have interesting words to share, but they won’t make anyone win any prizes.

Great leaders, on the other hand, are a part of every single project. They take a personal stake in whatever project they are working on.


The difference between good and great leadership can be seen in their resumes and portfolios. Great leaders believe that learning is the key skill to growth.

You need to get the right character traits to reach a certain level. A good leader reaches this but happily maintains the position.

A great leader has a different approach. They never stop learning, do not rest on their laurels, and always have the hunger to get better. They find new ways, enhance their skills, and keep inspiring.

What Makes Great Leadership?

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Akansha Arora
Akansha is a professional writer and blogger who loves to pen down her views on a number of topics. She wishes to keep her readers well informed.
  • Krishnendu Pramanick says:

    Hello Akansha, A great leader is the one who makes the people on the team dream better. Thank you for posting this article!

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