Are you a good leader? Do you have what it takes to be a good leader? There are primary skills and attributes that every good leader has. Some think of a great mentor, boss, teacher or other profession of leadership when they compare qualities of a good leader. You can think back over your life at how many great leaders influenced you and built you to be the person you are today. Let’s look at some of the qualities, attributes, and personalities of a good leader.
Motivation is at the top of the list. A leader is motivated to improve not only their own situation, but the situation of others, whether it is a person or a company. They encourage innovation, through strategic thinking leading to action. They seem to have endless energy when everyone else is looking for some slack. They are tuned into whatever the project is and keep going until it is completed and completed in quality.
Honesty and integrity are personality qualities that people don’t often consider in a good leader. These qualities not only exist in a leader but are essential. Honesty and integrity will keep your personal and business friends close and for a long time. This is important for business contacts and leads. When a customer trusts you, it means everything to your company. Leaders are ethical and create an atmosphere of equality for everyone involved with them. Leaders make their employees part of their team and recognize them for their efforts and successes.
Intelligence is a must in a good leader. Almost every president in the United States had a very high IQ. The same rings true for successful companies. Their leadership is of a high intelligence. A high intelligence is usually coupled with the ability to multitask. Leaders who can intelligently create solutions and multi-task simultaneously pave the road to success.
Leaders often take their free time for self-improvement. They workout, jog, learn, read and other activities to personally develop themselves. They are self-aware and are very good at projecting the image they want to be successful. Self-improvement is always one of their goals.
Apprenticeship is not something we think of happening daily in our lives, whether from the elderly who have knowledge to share, or learning something new from your boss. A good leader mentors others to help them learn from the leader’s experience. Leaders enjoy sharing their knowledge and helping others expand their own horizons. They do not fear competition, and often the apprentice stays solid with the leader.
Leaders are communicators. They can take ideas and effectively organize them and present them to their company, clients and even their employees. Often a good leader is versed in several languages and can effectively communicate across language barriers in today’s world marketplace.
Leaders don’t mind responsibility and they don’t fear responsibility. They charge at responsibility head on. They are problem solvers and can multitask, taking on responsibility with ease and usually many at a time.
Does this sound like you? You have what it takes to be a good leader. You are probably already in a leadership position, whether in politics, the private sector or in your own kingdom. Leadership is not for everyone. When you enjoy the responsibility, the multitasking, the problem solving, then you are a leader!