Exceptional leaders are the ones who stand up for their people and support them when they are experiencing their most challenging moments. They also encourage and push their people to take on bigger challenges. Exceptional leaders treat you as you deserve to be treated: With dignity and respect. They don't strike you down with belittling comments and never intentionally try to place you in an embarrassing or demeaning position in front of others, whether colleagues or clients. They show a genuine interest in and concern for others. They ask you, "How are you?" or "How's your family?" And then they listen and express genuine concern. Exceptional leaders always find time to express their appreciation for their team's work and have this unique ability to inspire and motivate people to believe in something beyond their own limiting thinking.