John Maxwell is his book "The Right to Lead" mentions attributes of the kind of leader others want to follow. They are:
1. Let go of your ego. Truly great leaders are not in leadership for personal gain, they lead in order to serve other people.
2. Become a good follower first. Rare is the effective leader who did not learn to be a good follower first. West Point has produced more leaders than the Harvard Business School because it teaches its officers to be effective followers.
3. Build positive relationships. Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.
4. Work with excellence. No one respects or follows mediocrity. Leaders who earn the right to lead give their all to what they do.
5. Rely on discipline, not emotion. Leadership is easy during the good times. It is when everything seems to be against you that you earn your place as a leader.
6. Make adding value your goal. leaders who are revered long after they are gone are the ones who helped people live better lives and reach their potential.
7. Give your power away. The great irony of leadership is that you become a better leader by sharing whatever power you have. Use your power to empower others.