Attributes of Leadership

John Maxwell says, “Leadership is Influence.” Whether we like it or not, were all leaders. Many don’t feel they are leaders, but everyone has someone that looks to them for leadership. It might be a co-worker, a brother or sister, or our children. We are all leaders in some form so I thought we might review some attributes or important factors of leadership.

  1. Unwavering Courage – No one wants to follow someone that isn’t self-confident and courageous in leading others.
  2. Self-control – If we don’t have self-control ourselves, we will never be able to lead and direct others.
  3. Keen Sense of Justice – Without a sense of fairness and justice, no leader can command and retain the respect of their followers.
  4. Ability To Make Decisions – A person who wavers in their decisions shows others that they are not sure of themselves and can’t lead successfully.
  5. Makes Plans – A successful leader plans their work and works their plan.
  6. Doing More Than The Followers – Successful leaders always do more than their followers.
  7. Pleasing Personality – Good Leaders must be respected, trusted, and liked.
  8. Empathy & Understanding – A successful leader must  be empathetic with their followers and understand their challenges.
  9. Attention to Detail – A good leader will pay attention to details of their leadership position.
  10. Assume Full Responsibility – Take on full responsibility for the mistakes or shortcomings of their followers. The buck stops here.
  11. Cooperation – Must work with a cooperative effort and get the followers to do the same. Be the team leader.

I believe our world is in desperate need of great leaders. Leaders who are humble and with a high degree of integrity. Leaders who are not greedy or on a power trip. We are all leaders whether we think so or not. We are all influencing others in some way and we need to make sure its in a positive encouraging way. Work on leading others by serving others. A great leader will always have a following.

“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” –Jim Rohn

Have an awesome day.

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