Find Your List of Leadership Qualities

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If you Google “leadership qualities”, you will find countless results. Many were written by prestigious institutions, celebrities, or businessmen. But I argue that the best list is the one written by yourself. While those lists are inspiring, there is no one “correct” way to be a successful leader. Compiling your own list will:

If you are determined to become a successful leader, start by coming up with your list of leadership principles.

My Leadership Principles

So here is my list. In my dictionary, a leader is someone who inspires and enables many others. There are many ways to be a leader — Winston Churchill and Pope Francis are both great leaders, but they are very different in personality, style, and ideas. So I organize my list in order of importance. The items higher on the list are essentials and the lower ones are more circumstantial.

The Leadership Pitch

Can you describe the traits of a good leader in under a minute? Despite reading many resources on leadership, I couldn’t provide a coherent response when asked by a friend. But now, after listing and ranking my list of leadership principles, I combine them into a “leadership pitch”:

A good leader is charismatic — he can influence a crowd or individuals on a personal level. A good leader makes logical decisions and takes responsibilities, so people trust and follow him. A good leader thinks and sees ahead, as he leads others to a brighter future.

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I hope this article inspired you to do what I have done. Keeping my leadership principles in mind is gradually helping me to develop these qualities.



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Kayden Sung

Learner, Minimalist, Software Engineer. Writes about personal development.