Good leadership is a lot like good manners: It's hard to define, but you know it when you see it.
Houstonian Laura Lopez has taken a stab, however, at identifying seven essential leadership qualities, including curiosity, consistency and vulnerability. She details them in her new book: The Connected and Committed Leader: Lessons from Home. Results at Work.
Until 2006, Lopez was vice president of marketing for the Minute Maid division of Coca-Cola Co. She rejected a transfer to Atlanta - her husband is in the oil business in Houston - and has become a leadership and branding consultant.
Lopez recently talked with the Chronicle's L.M. Sixel about the do's and don'ts of great leaders, the importance of listening to others and what to do about a bad boss.
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