Getting the most out of your people takes more than management; it takes leadership, says Eric Spell, vice president of Farms.com/AgCareers.com. Leadership is the ability of an individual to influ-ence, motivate and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organiza-tions of which they are members. Leadership is how you maximize the return from your people, he says. The top characteristics of an admired leader include: competent, forward-looking, honest and inspiring.