What qualities make great leaders? This is an important question, especially in this election year, since we will be electing a new president for our country. Leaders are faced with significant challenges, temptations, and responsibilities at any level. Here are a few qualities I have observed and appreciate of effective leaders:
- Ability to listen and value input, regardless of person or position. Great insights can come from all directions.
- Provides reachable goals and a vision that incorporates the concerns of all.
- Prioritizing– understanding what needs attention and what actions will yield the greatest positive impact. Everything doesn’t need the same time and energy.
- Being pragmatic. A leader must do what is practical, sometimes deviating from the ideal, in doing what is needed. They do this while treating people fairly.
- Does not overreact or make impulsive decisions. Great leaders have an intuitive ability to “wait it out.”
- Positioning people to take advantage of their strengths, like a good coach.
- Builds leadership capacity. Great leaders aren’t insecure about empowering those they lead.
Leaders at any and all levels should embody these qualities. If the person you support doesn’t embody these qualities, then you should reconsider. Choosing a leader, whether it is in your local community or the president of the U.S., should not be taken lightly.