Qualities of a good leader
We often hear people commenting on someone saying, “He or she is a born leader.”
What makes them say so? There are certain characteristics found in some people that seem to naturally put them in a position where they’re looked up to as a leader.
There are some clear characteristics that are found in good leaders. These qualities can be developed or may naturally be a part of someone’s personality.
We may summarize those as under:
- Exemplary character
A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live honestly and with integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.
A leader needs to demonstrate passion and dedication. He or She should be a source of inspiration and motivation for others.
In order to lead and set direction, a leader needs to be confident as a person and in the leadership role.
- Organization of Ideas and Tools
A leader should work in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.
Good leaders are tolerant of ambiguity and remain calm, composed and steadfast to the main purpose. Storms, emotions, and crises come and go and a good leader takes these as part of the journey and keeps a cool head.
- Analytical Thinking
A good leader, as well as keeping the main goal in focus, is able to think analytically. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to break it down into sub parts for closer inspection. A good leader can break down the goal into manageable steps and make progress towards it.
- Commitment to Excellence
A good leader is committed to excellence. Second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas.
These seven personal characteristics are foundational to good leadership. Some characteristics may be more naturally present in the personality of a leader. However, each of these characteristics can also be developed and strengthened.
Good leaders, whether they naturally possess these qualities or not, will be diligent to consistently develop and strengthen them in their leadership role.
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