I believe that if there is one quality a leader must possess, it should be “the ability to cover his followers and be transparent (that is: a leader must relate with all his subjects on an equal bases and not operating with a biased mind.)”.
No doubt, with the kind of leaders we have today, one can easily tell the mind of the leader, we can easily know who he is referring to when an issue is been tackled, we can easily know those that are more favoured and those that are less favoured in his government. This is not a quality of a true leader.
I believe a leader can actually get everybody involved in his operations, take decisions about an issue without fear or favour and relate with the people on an equal ground.
Envisage a scenario like this one in our time / generation: your leader comes out one day and says one of his followers is going to kill / betray him. And I guess based on his relationship with the individuals in his group (the followers), you can easily tell who he is talking about. These days, leaders no longer work in transparency, they no longer treat all people equal, they no longer carry everyone along in their operations.
I will show you an example:
In the book of Mark 9 vs 31, the quality we are talking of here can be seen there. The lessons about leadership you see there is an attitude of a fine relationship with everyone in your group.
In that portion of the Bible, we see that Jesus so had a fine relationship with all his 12 disciples that even when he said- “one of you is going to betray me”, the disciples were confused, they could not guess who he was referring to. He had a very plain Leader – Follower relationship with his disciples.
And this is the key to a perfect leader in this generation- relate with your followers on an equal basis, when taking a decision regarding an issue; try to be as honest as possible and one of these days, people will actually look back and say “Thank God for this person’s life”