Characteristics of a Leader

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 Leadership fascinates us. It is both a competitive advantage and an essential to getting things done through teams and organisations.  One key feature of many of the leadership discussions you will encounter are what characteristics does a leader have and can you develop them.
 
Second question first…You can most certainly develop leadership behaviours and these are the outward signs of leadership characteristics.
 
And answering the first question…Here are a list of the common referred to leadership characteristics.
 
While a leader may not have all of these characteristics, you will normally find a strong correlation with the leader’s behaviours and this list:
Leaders are:
Creative
Disciplined
Visionary
Detail focused
Capable of strategic thinking
Motivational
Commanding
Empowering through direction
Ambitious
Humble (no obvious hubris)
Reliable
Risk embracing
Intuitive
Sincere
Logical
Intellectual
Emotionally engaging
Empathetic
Compassionate
Adaptable
Self Confident
Proactive
Ambitious
The good news is that you don’t need to have all of these characteristics to become a leader, but having them as natural strengths or developing them will definately improve your ability to lead.
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