Instead, through our research and our work in developing successful leaders, we have come to realize that leadership is like using an artist’s palette. The colours represent the strengths that support leaders to excel, such as great oratory skills, calmness under pressure and the ability to make effective decisions. But no two leaders will ever paint the exact same picture. No leader uses the same combination of colours as another leader. And, just like art, although some pieces are clearly better-loved than others, there is rarely unanimous agreement of brilliance. Even the most popular leaders can have their critics.