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Culture 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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309 25
Honesty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Honesty

2
291 24
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Respectful

3
283 23
Integrity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Integrity

4
256 28
Commitment is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Commitment

5
262 30
Effective Communication is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Effective Communication

6
240 25
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Good Listener

7
251 29
Hard Working is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Hard Working

8
206 22
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Encouraging

9
227 28
Ability to Delegate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Ability to Delegate

10
223 28
Consistent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Consistent

11
214 29
Motivating is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Motivating

12
211 29
Compassion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Compassion

13
190 28
Humble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Humble

14
213 37
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Sense of Humor

15
191 32
Creative is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Creative

16
187 31
Proactive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Proactive

17
188 32
Focused is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Focused

18
231 55
Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Intelligence

19
189 36
Calm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Calm

20
170 29
Intuition is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Intuition

21
192 41
Humility is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Humility

22
175 33
Flexible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Flexible

23
173 33
Tactful is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Tactful

24
190 43
Confidence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Confidence

25
126 17
Perseverance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
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26
149 33
Driven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Driven

27
133 25
Well-rounded is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Well-rounded

28
133 27
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Optimistic

29
135 31
Inspirational is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Inspirational

30
137 35
Organized is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Organized

31
125 28
Educated is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Educated

32
124 28
Experience is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Experience

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

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

35
118 34
Sanity is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Sanity

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

37
96 38
Rewarding is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Rewarding

38
94 40
Accomplished is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
Accomplished

39
12 1
Be decisive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Leader
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