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What Are the Qualities Most Looked for in a Leader?

What are the qualities most looked for in a leader? The 4 most leadership qualities or traits which are most prized are:
  • Honesty
  • Forward-looking
  • Competent
  • Inspiring
(according to Koures and Posner's research with 20,000 participants for The Leadership Challenge) Possessing and displaying the four qualities of honesty, being forward-looking, being competent and inspiring will in turn inspire others and increase your leadership influence.
Honesty Sadly, there is almost an assumption of dishonesty with leaders now, particularly politicians.
A leader needs to work harder to dispel this as it is an essential component of leadership.
Honesty means owning up to mistakes and admitting when something hasn't worked.
This engenders trust and respect.
Honesty starts with the leader being honest with themselves, which requires a level of self awareness.
It is easier for everyone else to admit mistakes when the leader has created a culture of honesty and authenticity.
Forward - looking Good leaders are those with a strong vision of where they are heading.
Great leaders have a strong vision and also communicate that vision to others.
That vision inspires others to follow.
Being forward-looking enables a moving on from the past and also not focussing too much on problems in the present.
Some leaders may minimise current problems, or not even notice them, such is their focus on where they are heading.
It is a focus on the road and the goal ahead.
That focus enables strategy and planning.
Competent A leader does not need to be an expert in every subject and they do need to show a level of competency.
A leader is competent to lead others and competent in their area.
Inspiring The leaders we remember even after their death were those who inspired others.
We think of Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Jesus.
These leaders and other inspiring leaders have a sense of the bigger picture and how their part fits into it.
They inspire others to see their contribution to the bigger picture.
Inspiring leaders enlist others in a common vision by appealing to their values and dreams.
People want to find a sense of purpose in their work.
Leaders can write a vision statement for their organisation to encapsulate this vision.
Vision is the most powerful motivator and it is key to successful leadership.
Great leaders are visionaries.
In summary, effective leadership mixes the key leadership qualities of honesty, being forward-looking, the capacity to inspire and competence.

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