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7 Leadership Qualities & Characteristics of Good Leaders | Brian Tracy
Many leadership qualities have been observed throughout history. Some were adopted by bad leaders while others were exhibited by good leaders. In either case, the characteristics of those in charge correlated to their ability to accomplish their goals. Just as importantly, those same traits determined how much - or how little - their followers looked up to them.

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Jack Welch

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”

Jack Welch

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Vision

Great leaders have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going. They are excellent at strategic planning.

While a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of the...

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Winston Churchill

“Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.”  

Winston Churchill

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Courage

Having the quality of courage means that you are willing to take risks in the achievement of your goals with no assurance of success.

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Zig Ziglar

With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” 

Zig Ziglar

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Integrity

Truthfulness is the foundation quality of the trust that is necessary for the success of any business. It requires that you always tell the truth, to all people, in every situation.

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Larry Bossidy

“The more you can contain your ego, the more realistic you are about your problems. You learn how to listen, and admit that you don’t know all the answers. You exhibit the attitude that you can ...

Larry Bossidy

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Humility

Humility means that you have the self-confidence and self-awareness to recognize the value of others without feeling threatened. You are willing to admit you could be wrong and may not have all the...

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Henry Mintzberg
“Strategy is not the consequence of planning, but the opposite: it’s the starting point.”

Henry Mintzberg

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Strategic Planning

Great leaders have the ability to look ahead, to anticipate with some accuracy where the industry and the markets are going in advance of their competitors. 

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Jack Canfield

“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action ste...

Jack Canfield

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Focus

Leaders focus on results, on what must be achieved by themselves, by others, and by the company. They focus on the strengths in themselves and others.

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Napoleon Hill

“If your imagination leads you to understand how quickly people grant your requests when those requests appeal to their self-interest, you can have practically anything you go after.”

Napoleon Hill

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Cooperation

Leadership is the ability to get people to work for you because they want to. 

Your ability to select the 20 percent of your people to contribute to 80 percent of your results is essenti...

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Strong Communicators

Leaders strive to perfect the ability to speak effectively and persuasively.

They tend to practice public speaking within their own businesses until they are ready to branch out into p...

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Lead by Example

Leaders think about good leadership qualities and how to apply them on a daily basis.

They lead by example to truly earn the trust of their followers.

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George Washington was a man of exceptional integrity who carried himself with dignity and self-confidence and was excessively loved among the masses.

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Always do The Right Thing

Great leaders do the right thing even when no one’s watching. In the times of pseudo-leadership, it’s not hard to spot an authentic leader - someone who is fair, smart, and empathetic, like Martin Luther King Jr

A true leader never shies away from voicing his opinions, breaking stereotypes, and doing the right thing - not just once but every single time.

You Need Other People To Succeed

Richard Branson knew that great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by teams.

Branson aims to find the best candidate for a job, give them enough autonomy, then step back to give them a space to flourish. It not only benefits the business as a whole but also helps them to become a leader in their own right.

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Exercising Integrity

Not every leader is benevolent. Many leaders have insight, initiative, influence, and impact but their lives and legacies are tainted by a lack of integrity.

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Being Impactful

The measure of leadership is the impact they have on their followers. How much of a difference they make.

They’re either instrumental in creating real lasting change, or they’re not leaders. They’re just entertainers.

Exerting Influence

An authentic leader draws people and compels them to act with his vision and values. He also gives off a positive vibe and is good at persuading others to his point of view.

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Addicted to charisma

A leader who employs too much charisma can come to rely on this ability as an end unto itself.  Charismatic leaders can charm themselves. 

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Becoming addicted to a charismatic leader

An overly-charismatic leader draws focus from the rest of the organization by demanding all the attention. When the focus shifts to the personal characteristics of the leader, accountability is diminished.

The followers can become overly dependent on the leader for all manner of large and small directions and decisions. The enterprise loses the ability to be resilient in the face of changing realities. 

To avoid organizational dependency

... leaders must ask themselves:

  • Do I spend my time empowering others to make decisions, or does my involvement force people to look to me for answers?
  • How often do I dive into details that belong to others?
  • How do my actions and attention help – or prevent – others from taking greater responsibility and accountability for their actions?

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