Characteristics of Great Leaders


Characterstics of Great Leaders

Great leaders do not set out to do great things, but they aspire to live fully and maximize their potential. They have a passion for life motivated by a sense of purpose and destiny. Great leaders are people who have risen to the top despite their weaknesses. In this article, I will share some standards against which you can measure yourself to determine your leadership potential.

Great Leaders Make Independent Decisions

Leaders do not have the luxury of allowing others to do their thinking for them or make decisions for them. Great leaders learn from others, but they do not allow others to dictate who they are.

Great Leaders Govern Themselves

When leaders lose control in trying circumstances, they forfeit respect and lose influence. Great leaders have the ability to stay calm in a crisis and remain resilient in adversity. They are able to take adversity and turn it into an opportunity. Great leaders know that the highest form of government is self-government.

Great Leaders Control Their Anger

You will not rise in leadership if you cannot manage your emotions and you tend to get mad easily. When you become a leader, you set yourself up for criticism. You become a target and to be a great leader you must be able to control your anger.

Great Leaders are Independent Thinkers

Great leaders are able to think on their own, independent of the opinions of other people. They do not follow the crowd but weigh the value of all input but make their own decisions.

Great Leaders Creatively Handle Disappointments

Great leaders are able to remain calm in a crisis. They have to be in charge even when they do not feel like they are. Great leaders are not discouraged by disappointments but see them as opportunities to maximize their leadership potential. They see beyond restrictions and embrace the impossible.

Great Leaders Inspire Confidence

Great leaders are people who secure the cooperation and win the respect of others. They are leaders that instill confidence in other people. Only by being faithful over even the smallest things, will you gain the confidence of those you want to lead. When people have confidence in you, your leadership will prosper.

Great Leaders are Reliable

Great leaders are sought after for advice and assistance in delicate circumstances because they are reliable. Trustworthiness is an essential leadership quality.

Great Leaders Know How to Correct

Great leaders are able to secure discipline without having to resort to a show of authority. They are able to inspire others to do better.

Great Leaders Mobilize People

Great leaders are able to inspire people to do happily things they generally would not want to do. They have a vision strong enough that it inspires other people to help them with it. Leaders that are able to inspire people are leaders who are able to mobilize people.

Great Leaders are Conciliators

Great leaders know how to be conciliators and consider it to be an essential function of leadership. Conciliation requires wisdom and is the ability to discover common ground between opposing viewpoints.

Great Leaders Know How to Handle Antagonism

Great leaders are able to accept opposition to their viewpoint without considering it a personal attack. They are able to share ideas, reasons and rationale while maintaining respect for the views of others.

Great Leaders Maintain Strong Relationships

Great leaders are secure in themselves and not afraid to establish strong friendships. They speak the truth with love and sensitivity. People are attracted to them because they have a spirit of acceptance, they withhold judgment and make people aware of their importance, worth, and value.

Great Leaders are Approachable

Great leaders have the ability to make their subordinates feel at ease in their presence. Their sympathetic, understanding, friendly and open attitude put others at ease. They seek the potential in everyone.

Great Leaders Have a Strong and Steady Will

Many leaders have strong wills but not steady wills. Great leaders are steady and consistent. They stick to their vision. Leaders that sit back and just let things happen won’t be leaders for long.

Source:
Becoming a Leader by Myles Munroe

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