Qualities of Good Leadership

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Most people have a hard time explaining what it means to be a good leader. However, most everyone can recognize that sort of leadership when they see, experience or are in the presence of it. While knowing a great leader can certainly improve the quality of your life, understanding how to become one yourself is the most important step of achieving your own successful life and career.

People with leadership qualities are almost always the ones that rise above the crowd. For you, the good news is that you can study, learn and apply good leadership traits to your life in a purposeful way.

Be Trustworthy

Trust is the basis for almost all the relationships in your life. Without trust, it's impossible to create healthy and productive environments, either with work or personal situations.

Be aware that others are watching you ... assessing your values system and integrity. People want to be assured that their trust, followed closely by their respect is being placed in a safe place -- your hands -- and that they are indeed wise to follow where you lead.

When people trust you, they are more willing to give their best, as they know that they always get your best. This leadership quality is sometime referred as integrity or honor, but all these terms have the same basic meaning: you say what you do and do what you say- period.

Read more here about how high performance leaders build trust in the workplace

Inspire People to Work Toward The Vision

In any sort of management role, it is quite common to hear people refer to the "big picture". This is just a cliché way to describe creating and inspiring a vision.

You can't push people to believe in or want to work toward the organizational vision, but rather, one of the qualities of good leadership is that you guide, lead, and inspire people to want to participate in the process of moving toward the vision.

Click here to read the series of articles on creating and using Values, Vision and Team Mission Statements

Be Self Aware and Insightful About Your Impact On Others

One of the most important qualities of good leadership is that the individual is aware of him or herself ... their abilities and the impact that they have on others.

If this doesn't come naturally to you, work on actively putting yourself in others' shoes. Recognize how you affect things and anticipate how others will react to your decisions and personality. While creating this analytical dialogue can seem foreign at first, you will find that it comes quite naturally with time and practice.

Read more about creating healthy relationships and being more self aware here.

Accept Responsibility for Your Actions

Those who have qualities of good leadership never pass the buck. In fact, the best leaders will not only take responsibility for their own mistakes, but also shield their team from negative consequences, going to bat for them.

As a leader, always remember that the buck stops with you.

We seem to be raising a society of people who prefer to blame others for their feelings, circumstances and lack of success.

True leaders are masters at accepting responsibility for all that comes their way and taking ownership and responsibility for getting things back on track. Blaming, justifying and excuse making just isn't in their responsibility.

Would you like to peep inside a coaching conversation as someone remembers to accept responsibility for his feelings, thoughts and actions.

Lead versus Manage

There is quite a fine line between these two styles. While a leader may certainly manage, managers rarely lead. Developing the qualities of good leadership found on this page and over at them What Makes A Good Leader page, will enable you to understand this minute difference, most of which has to do with your attitude and how you truly value those who you work with.

In this article you will discover the key distinctions between leadership versus management

Have High Self Worth and Self Esteem

You might not think that how you feel about yourself has a whole lot to do with how others perceive you or how effective you can be at taking charge of a group situation. However, it would be a huge mistake to make this assumption. Every individual is either their own best friend or their own worst enemy.

How you feel about yourself often leads to subconscious patterns. Those with a negative self worth may have many other leadership qualities, but sabotage their own efforts with a deep belief that they aren't good enough to carry the day.

Dealing with self esteem can seem like a touchy-feely waste of time, but that is absolutely not the case. It is crucial to your success and leadership ability.

In this article on leadership and self esteem you can read how Steve's self esteem almost railroaded his career.

Have Your Say ...
What Would Your List of Qualities of Good Leadership Look Like?

You might have a different perspective on the qualities of good leadership. Have your say!

You can post here your list - maybe you might agree with some of mine - maybe you don't. Either way your opinion will had to the richness of other people's learning - so come on have your say.

If you have the time, write a sentence or two on why you feel each of the qualities you have chosen are important for good leadership.

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