The year 2021 gave us some spectacular examples of how leaders can rise and fall. We learned, or were reminded, that leadership—that is, good leadership—is not about satisfying one’s ego or achieving individual success. Good leadership is about fostering the success of others.

Good leaders develop the skills and talents of their teams. They trust and empower their coworkers. They create a culture of inclusion and equity. They lower the ladder to let others climb. They open doors to help others survive and thrive.