The top 3 characteristics of a leader


Think about the people you work with on a daily basis. Some of them likely stick out as natural leaders.

Whether natural or created, however, most good leaders possess specific characteristics that make others want to follow them.

Great leaders are:

#1. Relatable

There are a lot of things that can make a leader relatable. Sometimes it’s his ability to empathize, or put himself in someone else’s shoes and understand what that person is feeling. Relatable leaders are able to prepare themselves for how people might react and then customize their approach for the best possible interaction. This means relatable leaders are also good communicators. They have to be able to get their ideas across successfully and efficiently. Relatable leaders are approachable, charismatic, and likeable. People want to be around them and follow them.

#2. Conscientious

A conscientious person wishes to do what’s right, especially when it comes to duties and responsibilities. As an overarching concept, there are many traits a conscientious leader will have. The conscientious leader doesn’t just manage others but functions as part of the overall team, lending her ideas and perspective for the benefit of the group.

Being conscientious often leads to decisiveness as well. Conscientious leaders are confident of their abilities and their decisions and will generally make good decisions in an efficient manner and then stand by them. These leaders are self-aware and aware of their surroundings. They know how to regulate their emotions and are prepared to react to various situations and thus are adaptable.

#3. Motivated

A motivated leader will possess drive and determination and be able to inspire others to success. A big part of the leader’s drive is passion. When these leaders are passionate about the task at hand that passion can become infectious, and people want to be a part of what they’re doing—that is, be a part of the leader’s team. These leaders keep people on task and drive results, and a work product that comes from passion will be of higher quality than one that isn’t.

Tying directly to motivation is resilience. A motivated leader will remain motivated when things don’t go right. They won’t buckle under pressure but instead thrive. Good leaders are able to take a beating and come out on top, ready to move on and move their team forward to success.

There is no such thing as a perfect leader, but odds are he or she possesses these three traits.

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    Pamela

    This is so true! When I worked for someone who was exactly like this her true leadership skills drove the business to the TOP! It was never “I, I, I” it was always the TEAM and now that she is not in position anymore the results are at the bottom and the work environment is terriable!

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    Don

    This is a very on target article. I especially like the word ‘resilience’ since this is a characteristic, combined with a positive can-do attitude, that often makes the difference in an organization.

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