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Leaders The Best Qualities in a Leader  

Lauren Slocum
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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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287 24
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Respectful

3
279 23
Integrity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Integrity

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238 24
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Good Listener

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254 28
Commitment is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Commitment

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259 30
Effective Communication is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Effective Communication

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248 29
Hard Working is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Hard Working

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203 22
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Encouraging

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224 28
Ability to Delegate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Ability to Delegate

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220 28
Consistent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Consistent

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211 29
Motivating is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Motivating

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208 29
Compassion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Compassion

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211 36
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Sense of Humor

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187 28
Humble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Humble

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188 32
Creative is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Creative

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184 31
Proactive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Proactive

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185 32
Focused is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Focused

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228 55
Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Intelligence

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187 35
Calm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Calm

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168 29
Intuition is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Intuition

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191 41
Humility is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Humility

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172 32
Tactful is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Tactful

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174 33
Flexible is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Flexible

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188 43
Confidence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Confidence

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124 17
Perseverance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
jdove added Perseverance

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147 33
Driven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Driven

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131 25
Well-rounded is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Well-rounded

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132 27
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Optimistic

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133 30
Inspirational is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Inspirational

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125 27
Educated is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Educated

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136 35
Organized is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Organized

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123 28
Experience is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Experience

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112 25
Evaluative is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Evaluative

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111 29
Discernment is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Discernment

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117 34
Sanity is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Sanity

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106 34
Savvy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Savvy

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95 38
Rewarding is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Rewarding

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93 40
Accomplished is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Accomplished

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Be decisive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Deniz added Be decisive