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7 Leadership Qualities Of Great Leaders


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7 Leadership Qualities Of Great Leaders

by Philip Andrew

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What Makes a Good Leader Great?

Great leaders find the balance between business foresight, performance, and character.

They have vision, courage, integrity, humility and focus along with the ability to plan strategically and catalyze cooperation amongst their team.


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1. Vision

Great leaders have a vision. They can see into the future.

They have a clear exciting idea of where they are going and what they want to accomplish and are excellent at strategic planning.


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2. Courage

One of the most important qualities of a great leader is courage.

Having courage means that you're willing to take risks in the achievement of your goals.


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3. Integrity

The core of integrity is truthfulness.

Integrity requires that you always tell the truth to people, in every situation.

Truthfulness is the foundational quality of TRUST that is necessary for the success of any business.


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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.


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4. Humility

Great leaders are strong and decisive, but also humble.

Humility doesn't mean that you are weak or unsure of yourself. It means that you have the self-confidence and self-awareness to recognize the value of others without feeling threatened.


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Larry bossidy

The more you 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 learn from anyone at any time. Your pride doesn't get in the way of getting the information you need to achieve the best results.

It doesn't keep you from sharing the credit that needs to be shared. Humility allows you to acknowledge your mistakes.


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5. Strategic Planning

Leaders have the ability to ANTICIPATE trends, well in advance of their competitors.

They continually ask, "Based on what is happening today, where is the market going? Where is it likely to be in 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years?"

They do this by thoughtful strategic planning.

Only leaders with foresight can gain "first mover advantage".


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6. Focus

Leaders always focus on the needs of the company and the situations.

Leaders focused on results, on what must be achieved by themselves, by others, and by the company.

Great leaders focused on strengths, in themselves and in others.


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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 steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfilment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.


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7. Cooperation

Your ability to get everyone working and pulling together is essential to your success. Leadership is the ability to get people to work for you because they want to.

Gain the cooperation of others by making a commitment to get along well with each key person every single day.

You always have a choice when it comes to a task : You can do it yourself or you can get someone else to do it for you. Which is it going to be?


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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.


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Effective Leaders are also Strong Communicators

The best leaders strive to speak effectively and persuasively.

In fact, many tend to practice public speaking within their own businesses until they are ready to branch out into professional speaking gigs.

Conquering the fear of talking in front of a crowd is what makes a good leader becomes a great leader.


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Great Leaders Lead by Example

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

They lead by example to earn the will of their followers. The ability to commit to this is another quality of a great leader.

The most important contribution you can make for your company is to be a leader, accept responsibility for results, and dare to go forward.


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3 Leadership Traits to Accelerate Your Career

If you're stuck at a rut at work and you wish to accelerate your career, take a leadership role. Consider adopting the following leadership attributes to stand out at work :

  1. Great leaders are future oriented.
  2. Great leaders keep positive attitude.
  3. The best leaders take responsibility.


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1. Good Leaders are Future Oriented

To think like a leader, you must practice 'idealisation' in each area of your life.

To get the most out of the use of idealisation, you should begin by imagining that you have no limitations at all on what you can be, do or have.


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Begin the Practice of Idealisation

If you were the very best professional business person that you could possibly be, what additional knowledge, skills and leadership qualities, would you have developed to a high level?

When you begin the practice of idealisation, you can then extend this exercise to your family, your finances and your physical health.


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Begin to Engage in Long-Term Thinking

When you begin to develop leadership qualities, you begin to engage in long-term thinking, such as the following idealisation :

  • If your family life is ideal in every single way, what sort of lifestyle would you be living?
  • If your financial situation were ideal, how much money would you have in the bank, and how much would you be earning from your investments, each month, each year?
  • If your level of physical health and fitness were ideal, how would you be different from today?


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2. Great Leaders Keep a Positive Attitude

  • Great leaders are excited about the possibility of creating an exciting future for themselves.
  • They understand each steps they take is getting them closer to their goals.
  • Great leaders have a sense of meaning and purpose in each area of their lives. They have clear written goals and plans they work on everyday.
  • Their behaviour is purposeful and goal-oriented.


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3. The Best Leaders Take Responsibility

  • Great leaders accept responsibilities.
  • Leaders never complain, never explain. Instead of making excuses, they make progress.
  • Great leaders see themselves as victors over circumstances instead of victims of circumstances.
  • They don't criticise or blame others when something goes wrong. Instead, they focus on the solution, on what can be done.


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Great Leaders Have Integrity

Finally, great leaders have integrity.

They tell the truth all the time.

They live in truth with themselves and they live in truth with others.


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