What makes strong a leader is that they always inspire their team to perform and one must imagine them saying to others, "follow me!". Do not sit behind a desk pointing the way to go at least metaphorically speaking. Show your team by example where to go and how to accomplish what you are asking them to perform. You must be willing to lead from the cutting edge to earn their respect. Another example of what makes a strong leader is self-confidence and not egotistical behavior. Of course, being bold and showing bravery to advance a project is acceptable and appreciated, but foolhardiness is just an overall waste of time and destructive. Eventually, you're going to admit you don't know all the answers and reach out to your mentors.
"An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a deer." -Phillip of Macedonia
Having moral courage is a rare commodity, especially in corporate America, where profits are reign supreme. When you know something is morally or ethically wrong, you must remember what makes a strong leader is one who is willing to stand up against those who seek to do harm. You must be willing to defend your team in front of anyone, of course tactfully, while not making a scene, but nonetheless, you must show that you are ready to protect someone in your team against abuses of power.
"It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare." -Mark Twain
A leader must be bold and aggressive; however, it doesn't mean being mean or disrespectful to others. Being assertive and bold means aggressively pursuing action and boldly facing challenges by believing that your team and yourself can be done and absolutely will be accomplished with enough planning and tenacity. Next is the fact that your team depends on you, and you must put their needs first to improve their chances of success. You will gain your team members' trust by ensuring they are well trained, emotionally supportive, and well-rested and not overworked. This is not mean you go easy on them and let them go home early one there is much work to be done what you do give them reasonable rates so that they can at least recover. Finally, so many leaders fail to recognize achievements, you must recognize achievements when it is due and publicly. Remember the saying 'praise in public criticize in private'.
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." -President Theodore Roosevelt
A lack of decisiveness has fatal consequences in business and in life. Make up your mind and trust that you are making the right decision. Just make a decision! What's the point of making a decision about anything if at any moment you're going to turn around and go back. See things through and persevere, and if you end up failing well, at least there was a lesson to be learned. Finally, have strong character, know what right or wrong is, and know what right moral and ethical conduct is. And if you are working in corporate, you know what corporate responsibility is. Don't take on a project that you know is immoral, don't ask anything of anyone you wouldn't do yourself, don't take the easy way out, don't throw others under the bus, everything will eventually catch up to you if you do the wrong thing. Do the right thing now and protect your reputation at all costs with the right intentions.