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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
2
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Respectful
3
Integrity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Integrity
4
Commitment is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Commitment
5
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Good Listener
6
Effective Communication is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Effective Communication
7
Hard Working is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Hard Working
8
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Encouraging
9
Ability to Delegate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Ability to Delegate
10
Consistent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Consistent
11
Motivating is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Motivating
12
Compassion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Compassion
13
Humble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Humble
14
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Sense of Humor
15
Proactive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Proactive
16
Creative is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Creative
17
Focused is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Focused
18
Intuition is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Intuition
19
Calm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Calm
20
Perseverance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
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21
Flexible is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Flexible
22
Tactful is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Tactful
23
Humility is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Humility
24
Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Intelligence
25
Confidence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Confidence