We work with some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders around. Many of them, in addition to being excellent clients and partners are also mentors. We have learned from them what leadership really is. Leadership is an art. Becoming a better leader is a continual learning process, and we can elevate our level of leadership by leading with maturity, resilience, accountability, and doing good.

Leading with maturity means not overreacting but making thoughtful and informed choices. Mature leaders don’t seek glory but are happy to give credit to others who helped them achieve the goal.

Leading with resilience means not allowing setbacks to thwart you. Resilient leaders are optimistic and see difficulties as challenges they can overcome.

Leading with accountability means taking responsibility for missteps. An accountable leader is comfortable with the idea that being human means being imperfect and is ok acknowledging, apologizing for, and owning his or her mistakes.

Leading by doing good means having a focus beyond profit. Leaders who do good choose to personally and professionally donate time, money, and visibility to helping make the world a better place.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou