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- Courage – The responsibilities and decisions that come with being a leader are not always easy, so a good leader must always have the courage to do what is right, even if it’s not the most popular decision.
- Fairness – Dealing with different parties requires a good leader to be reasonable at all times, putting aside personal opinions and beliefs.
- Authenticity – A successful leader must be genuine and frank, without being rude.
- Dependability – A great leader is someone you can count on in any given situation.
- Collaborative – Good leaders recognize the power of an inclusive, successful team atmosphere and value democracy rather than dictatorship.
- Integrity – The best leaders have the most honorable intentions and prove it by being reliable and respectful while in a leadership role.
- Responsibility – Leaders must be conscientious of the impacts that their decisions will have on the future, those around them and the tasks at hand at all times.
- Independence – A leader thinks freely for himself or herself (though listens to others).
- Persistence – Good leaders keep trying tenaciously and don’t simply give up.
- A Sound Listener – Great leaders value the ideas of others, as well as their own. They realize they don’t know everything and are ok with it.
- Consistency – Leaders are stable and don’t regularly waiver; people know what to expect from them.
- Positivity – Good leaders maintain an optimistic outlook, giving those around them realistic goals and expectations in a positive light.
- Detail-Oriented – A good leader doesn't overlook the small picture and realizes that details matter, too.
- Delegation – Smart leaders realize that one person simple cannot do it all; no matter how much they’d like to, and build a team of competent individuals they feel comfortable entrusting tasks to.
- Selflessness – A good leader doesn't lead for person gain or glory but to succeed at the task at hand.
- Sincerity – Good leaders actually mean what they say, when they say it.
- Decisiveness – Decisions should be made in a timely fashion and often need to be decided upon when several parties cannot agree.
- Accountability – A good leader cannot place blame on others and has to be willing to take responsibility for issues that may arise, regardless being the cause of the issue.
- Honesty – Because a good leader must be relied upon in stressful situations, they must be honest so that people know they can trust in his or her word.
- Humility – A leader without arrogance is more likely to be collaborative and remain accountable for his or her actions.
- Trustworthiness – Tying into honesty, a good leader should be trusted upon to follow through or people will lose confidence in their abilities.
- Morality – Leaders should have a good sense of right and wrong in order to make sound, ethical decisions.
- Communicative – We’re not referring to you, chatty-Cathy. In this sense, leaders should be open and forthcoming in talking about resolving any issues or problems that may arise.
- Vision – This may sound trite, but a leader actually needs to lead. In order to do so, he or she must possess some sort of vision that can be shared to inspire others.
- Motivation – Seeing as leaders don’t have the easiest gigs in the world, there’s got to be something driving their enthusiasm and passion for the position, perhaps a cause or overall goals.
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