The traits of a good leader

28 September  |  Team Building

traits of a good leader

Leaders are people who can reach out to others, tap their hidden potential and bring out the best in them. But what exactly is it that makes them so special? Are they born with inherent skills? Or do they acquire something over time? In this article we feature the essential traits of a leader that sets him or her apart.

  • Ethics. A leader must be grounded in core values that cannot be shaken. Honesty, respect, perseverance, genuine concern for the people around and diligence are some of the common values you would find in most good leaders, irrespective of their conditions. Their unshakable faith in these values inspires trust and confidence in the people around them.
  • Authenticity. What leaders say and do are genuine and heartfelt. True leaders do not say or do something superficial to attract the attention of the masses. This genuineness is another proof of their commitment to their core values.
  • Vision. Leaders have the ability to develop a compelling vision of the future. This quality sets a leader apart from a common man who is merely principled or ethical. A leader’s vision lets him guide others in a direction to fulfill the vision.
  • Planning. Leaders do not leap into action without thinking. They think through the whole course of action and consider not only goals and resources, but also possible hurdles on the way. Ability to plan and work ensures success. That, in turn, leads people to trust in their skills and follow them.
  • Communication. A leader would be nothing without followers. And no person would follow someone who cannot communicate his ideas clearly. A leader effectively communicates his vision, inspires trust and encourages followers to work towards realizing the vision, as per his plan.
  • Courage. A leader is not daunted in the face of troubles. And he does not let his followers get demotivated either in times of hardship and problems.
  • Winning attitude.Leaders maintain a very positive outlook even when they are faced with the biggest of challenges. This attitude lets them overcome obstacles and emerge victorious.
  • Compassion. Leaders have genuine compassion for their people. This is why before taking any decisions, they weigh its impact on their people and also protect them from exploitation.
  • Continuous improvement.A leader turns every mistake and obstacle into a source of learning and opportunity for constructive growth. He learns from them and avoids such mistakes in future.
  • Responsibility. A leader always accepts responsibility for the consequences of his or her actions. Leaders do not resort to blaming other people or situations when things go wrong.
  • Share credit.While a good leader always accepts the blame for failures, he or she shares the credit for success with the people around him or her.

True leadership can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from feigned leadership. But while a false leader can pretend to lead, he cannot develop the actual traits of a good leader.

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