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10 Characteristics of Good Leaders

Leaders are more than a skill set

Strategic leadership requires a complex integration of skills and mindset attributes.  In addition to having strong decision-making skills, effective leaders share certain common traits.  They are driven to accomplish goals and have the ability to energize an entire organization.

Five flying Canadian Geese following the leader

Ten core leadership attributes characterize successful leaders 

Every day, leaders and decision-makers need to be:

  1. Driven:  committed to the vigorous pursuit of professional excellence, with a consuming internal demand to achieve the vision of the organization.
  2. Discerning:  displays courage and objectivity in decision making. When making difficult decisions, they tend to ask the tough questions, to follow reasons and evidence wherever it takes them.  They give due consideration to competing points of view.
  3. Innovative:  have an appetite for innovation, see change as an opportunity for growth, are resilient agents of change in fast paced or fluid environments.
  4. Foresightful:  alert to potential difficulties, always striving to foresee consequences, ready to use reasoning and fact-finding to resolve difficulties and foreseeable problems.
  5. Judicious:  shows maturity and thoughtfulness in decision-making. They recognize that some problems are ill-structured, that, often, there is more than one reasonable option, and that poor decisions should be dispassionately revisited. 
  6. Incisive:  capable of making those strategic decisions that are tough, but necessary to achieve the organization’s mission.
  7. Tolerant: respects diversity in the workplace, including showing due respect for different perspectives, opinions, and suggestions.
  8. Honorable:  conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, ethics and truthfulness in communication and behavior.
  9. Motivational:  capable of inspiring an entire organization, moving it forward with enthusiasm and energy, motivating others to give their best.
  10. Professional:  limits socializing to that which is necessary to get the job done. They take an appropriate and professional approach to social interactions at work. They understand that professionalism is vital to maintaining a proper focus on work responsibilities, facilitating collaboration, and providing positive leadership.
Text on board saying If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. President Quincy Adams

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