It's easy to tell when a great leader is at work. Principles, ideals, and strategy are the primary fodder for discussion. The right decisions are made by the right people at the right time. Mistakes are treated as learning opportunities for everyone. Success is shared by all. There is connection and commitment, a sense of being a part of a larger whole. There is ownership. The leader seems to know just what to say (or not say) at the exact right time.
But what does it take to be a great leader? How do you know if you are moving in the right direction?