What makes for a good leader?
Effective leaders are made, not born. There are certain key characteristics that are necessary to lead well:
A good leader will communicate. Of course, communication involves more than talking. Communication only happens when the message is effectively received. Leaders who know how to listen well will be in a better position to discern what the team needs to know to fulfill its mission.
A good leader will be flexible. Life doesn’t always go as planned, and someone who can adjust their expectations and change direction will be able to recover much quicker than someone who is rigid.
A good leader is tenacious. He or she will know what to pursue and will stick with it, demonstrating patience in seeking to reach the desired goal.
A good leader is humble. Pride is the great destroyer of good leadership. The best leaders will not hold themselves aloof from the rest of the team and are quick to give others credit for successes. They will not insist on getting their own way but rather will listen with an open mind to the suggestions of others.
A good leader takes responsibility. While quick to give credit to others on the team, good leaders will also be quick to acknowledge their mistakes and to own the consequences. They can be depended on to do what’s best for the team.
If these values are a part of who you are, you have great leadership potential. The world needs what you have to offer.
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