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5 Qualities You Must Possess to Be a Great Leader

By Joel Garfinkle

Keynote motivational speakers and leadership coaches understand that there are some qualities that all great leaders share. If you’ve recently moved into a leadership position—or want to move into one—it’s essential that you understand the qualities that define a great leader. The five qualities that most clearly mark successful leaders are the following:

  1. Great leaders understand when to take advice.
    No one can lead effectively without input from others. Great leaders bring individuals into their inner circle who can provide the type of honest, high quality counsel they need. This inner circle is typically composed of mentors, fellow leaders, motivational keynote speakers, and executive coaching specialists.
  2. Great leaders are able to forge ahead during even the most difficult times.
    Because they understand the importance of moving forward and daring themselves and others to pursue new directions, successful leaders are willing to take risks. Ultimately, risk taking is an important part of a leader’s responsibility. Once leaders understand their own vision, they’re able to take the necessary risks to implement that vision.
  3. Like good keynote motivational speakers on leadership, great leaders love what they do and are capable of effectively communicating that passion to others.
    If you’ve ever seen really good motivational speakers, you understand how inspiring it can be when someone has the ability to convey their energy, passion and vision to other people. Even if they’re not professional speakers, great leaders should be able to inspire others by exuding a contagious, passionate energy. Because they are one with their work, they are able to project a light, effortless, and confident persona that encourages others to catch their vision.
  4. Great leaders learn by following.
    Great leaders understand the importance of authority structures and trust those who are in authority over them. By observing the habits of the great leaders in their lives, they grow to understand how to craft an inspiring message and provide a vision for others. Just as they expect loyalty from their employees, they are always loyal to the authority figures in their own lives.
  5. Great leaders never quit.
    Regardless of whether an obstacle is personal or career related, they have learned how to embrace and overcome any obstacles that come their way. They evaluate themselves on a regular basis to see if there are any habits that they’ve developed that limit their ability to be the best leader possible. Leadership personal growth speakers know that, with coaching, great leaders can learn how to transform their own experiences with overcoming obstacles into an inspiring example for others within their organizations.

Copyright © 2012 Joel Garfinkle, All Rights Reserved. Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, including Google, Deloitte, Amazon, Ritz-Carlton, Gap, Cisco, Oracle, and many more. Subscribe to his Fulfillment at Work Newsletter and receive the FREE e-book, "41 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now!"

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