culture The Best Qualities in a Leader  

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What does it mean to be a great leader? When you hear the word, you may jump to thinking about the greatest leaders in history - the revolutionaries like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa. But, when considering the qualities of a great leader, neither the size of their audience nor their global recognition should matter. It’s their character, their attitude, and their actions that make them the influential beings we turn to for guidance (don’t worry - we’re not comparing Gandhi to your junior high school soccer coach).
 

What we’re saying is: you don’t have to be globally influential to be a great leader. In fact, you don’t even have to be a founder of a great company or successful sports coach to be a good leader. Effective leadership is happening around you nonstop because the world is full of badass, committed, down to earth people who are willing to sacrifice ego and pettiness for the things they believe in.


So what leadership characteristics do you respond to? Passion? Intelligence? Empathy? Encouragement? Think back to the people who’ve affected your life in the most profound ways. Whether it was a speech you watched in history class or an experience with someone close to you that propelled you onward to greatness, we’re willing to bet the most effective leaders possess the traits we’ve compiled in this list of leadership traits.


Not all leaders have the same leadership traits, and not all people respond to the same leadership styles, but as the votes come in, we’ll learn which leadership qualities on this list are deemed most important to you. So don’t pass up the opportunity to be heard! Read it, think about it, vote on it, then add to it.
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Honesty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Honesty

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+ - 281 23
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Respectful

3
+ - 271 22
Integrity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Integrity

4
+ - 248 26
Commitment is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Commitment

5
+ - 233 23
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Good Listener

6
+ - 252 29
Effective Communication is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Effective Communication

7
+ - 242 28
Hard Working is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Hard Working

8
+ - 218 27
Ability to Delegate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Ability to Delegate

9
+ - 216 27
Consistent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Consistent

10
+ - 195 22
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Encouraging

11
+ - 205 29
Motivating is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Motivating

12
+ - 202 29
Compassion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Compassion

13
+ - 207 35
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Sense of Humor

14
+ - 184 28
Humble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Humble

15
+ - 184 31
Creative is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Creative

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+ - 182 31
Proactive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Proactive

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+ - 182 32
Focused is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Focused

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+ - 185 34
Calm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Calm

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+ - 224 55
Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Intelligence

20
+ - 166 28
Intuition is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Intuition

21
+ - 173 31
Flexible is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Flexible

22
+ - 189 39
Humility is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Humility

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+ - 169 32
Tactful is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Tactful

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+ - 185 43
Confidence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Confidence

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+ - 122 17
Perseverance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader

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+ - 144 33
Driven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Driven

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+ - 129 25
Well-rounded is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Well-rounded

28
+ - 129 27
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Optimistic

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+ - 130 30
Inspirational is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Inspirational

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+ - 122 27
Educated is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Educated

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+ - 133 35
Organized is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Organized

32
+ - 120 28
Experience is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Experience

33
+ - 111 25
Evaluative is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Evaluative

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+ - 109 29
Discernment is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Discernment

35
+ - 114 34
Sanity is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Sanity

36
+ - 104 34
Savvy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Savvy

37
+ - 94 37
Rewarding is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Rewarding

38
+ - 92 39
Accomplished is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Accomplished

39
+ - 10 1
Be decisive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader