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Qualities of a Leader



Leadership author John Maxwell states that “Developing a better team…always begins with you.”

Here are characteristics he believes a Leader possesses:

Leaders are Adaptable

  • They are teachable. Adaptable people always place a high priority on breaking new ground.
  • They are emotionally secure. Secure people don’t get nervous just because of change.
  • They are creative. When difficult times come, they will find a way.
  • Finally, they are service minded.

Leaders are Prepared with the 4 “A’s”

  • Assessment – You’ve got to know what it is you are preparing for.
  • Examine the conditions and determine what price you must pay to get there.
  • Alignment – Good alignment makes success possible. Bad alignment makes success impossible.
  • Attitude – You must have a positive attitude about yourself, your teammates and your situation. That sets you up for success.
  • Action – Ultimately, you have to take action. Being prepared means being ready to take that first step when the time comes.

Leaders are Enthusiastic

  • They take responsibility for their own enthusiasm. Successful people understand that attitude is a choice.
  • They act their way into feeling. You cannot win if you do not begin. If you want to be enthusiastic; you need to start acting that way.
  • They believe in what they do. This will help you to act and to speak positively about what you are doing.
  • They spend time with other enthusiastic people. Enthusiasm is contagious.

Leaders are Competent

  • They are committed to excellence.
  • They never settle for average. They focus their energy and efforts on what they do well, giving it all they’ve got.
  • They pay attention to detail. Dale Carnegie said, “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.”
  • They perform with consistency. They give their best all the time, even when they don’t feel like it. And that is what’s important.

Leaders are Selfless

  • Be generous. It not only helps to unite the team, but it also helps to advance the team.
  • Avoid internal politics. Good team players worry about the benefit of their teammates even more than themselves.
  • Display loyalty. It fosters unity and unity breeds team success.
  • Value interdependence over independence. Independence has its place, but a team can accomplish much more that just one individual.

So today, take an inventory of your leadership style and consider where you need to improve. At the very least, we all can become more selfless in a world that promotes the gratification of “ME, MYSELF, and I.”

After all, there is no “I” in TEAM!

2 Responses

  1. prestoncobb November 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Very good stuff as always!! I love this blog!!

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