What makes a good leader?

Q: What qualities make a good leader?

A: Besides emotional intelligence, every leader requires a certain high level of cognitive intelligence and technical skill. The specifics vary with the particular organization and position, but in general high-level executives need an IQ of around 110 or so to handle the cognitive complexity of their jobs. Beyond that a leader may need to have a high level of competence in particular technical skills – not because they use them in their work, but because they lead people who do, and need to have their respect.