The Top Ten Characteristics Of Excellent Leaders
The Mental Game Of Business
Bill Cole, MS, MA
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
What makes a good leader? What have people who have led you
done that you admired? What qualities should more leaders
possess? What are the most valuable qualities a leader should
possess? What are the most basic qualities a leader should
Most of us would agree that we need to respect a leader we
would follow. Some leaders have feet of clay, but we might
follow them anyway. What are the qualities that might disqualify
someone from being a leader?
This is my list of what I admire in a leader. Where do you
agree or disagree? What would you add?
- The ability to learn from themselves and others, no matter
- A humbleness that is inspiring.
- Integrity, honesty and a strong moral compass
- Mental toughness and resilience under adversity.
- Capacity for love, compassion, sensitivity and understanding.
- Ability to breach the dichotomy between big vision and
the smallest detail.
- Sincere respect for human dignity and genuine concern
- Taking responsibility for themselves and their behavior.
- Inspiring words, actions and emotions that propel others
to go beyond their preconceived limits.
- The ability to renew themselves and others through story,
humor, perspective and reflection.
Leaders know themselves. Leaders help themselves. Leaders
use themselves as vehicles for good. Leaders embody what is
good and right in the world. Leaders shine the light so others
can come out of the darkness.
"A leader is a dealer in hope."
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