Qualities of a Good Leader

Jan 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Personal

Author: Articlegold Archive

How often have you heard the comment, “He or she is a born
leader?” 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.

Whether in fact a person is born a leader or develops skills and
abilities to become a leader is open for debate. There are some
clear characteristics that are found in good leaders. These
qualities can be developed or may be naturally part of their
personality. Let us explore them further.

Seven Personal Qualities Found In A Good Leader

1. A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost
importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A leader
needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly
and 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. 2. A good leader is enthusiastic about their work
or cause and also about their role as leader. People will respond
more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to
be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards
the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and
roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to
be part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader
will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty. 3. A
good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a
leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership
role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the
trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A
leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective
inspires the best effort from team members. 4. A leader also needs
to function 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. 5. 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. 6. 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. Not only is the goal in view but a good
leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress
towards it. 7. 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. A good leader whether they
naturally possess these qualities or not, will be diligent to
consistently develop and strengthen them in their leadership

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Barbara White has over twenty years experience in leadership .
Barbara is President of Beyond Better Development, which
specializes in motivation and training in interpersonal skills.For
more articles about Leadership visit her website http://www.liv


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