Leadership Characteristics can be learned over the course of a career and the following page will show the most important characteristics of successful leaders, which have been demonstrated over time.
Whilst not an exhaustive list, it represents the most important traits for a Leader to be successful and therefore a good benchmark for others to measure themselves against.
It is not enough to just demonstrate that the Leader doesn’t do the opposite to these characteristics (E.G. not show dishonesty as opposed to being honest): in order to be successful, the Leader must actively demonstrate these characteristics, and lead by example, asserting these principles of good leadership.
Whilst reading through the following Leadership Characteristics, I ask you to take an honest appraisal of yourself to understand how many of the traits you possess and also what areas you feel you need to develop. This task willhelp you understand where you fall within the ‘ideal’ and what areas you can aim to improve to better your Leadership Characteristics.
To become a good leader one must put in hard work, determination, and learn from one’s mistakes. How good are your basic Leadership Characteristics?
Repetition is the mother of skill – Meaning, the more you practice, the better you become. The art of being a good leader is to understand what you need to improve, and work to address those areas. Great Leaders make mistakes. The important thing is to learn from those mistakes and build on Leadership Characteristics.
Practice these characteristics every day. Make mistakes, but avoid making the same mistakes over again.
I recommend that you keep a daily journal with you. Note down on a daily basis, issues that you have encountered in your job, any mistakes you have made, but more importantly, what you have learned. Keep thinking of ways to improve your Leadership Characteristics and note course, lessons learned and things you have done to improve them.
Keep recording your actions and over time you will see historical evidence of your development as a Leader.
For a more detailed Leadership Characteristics Asessment tool, click on the following link to find out your strengths as a leader.