10 Attributes of a Great Leader

SubscribeButton-web

Leadership-web

by Reliv Ambassador Mair Hill

Mair Hill ran her own multimillion-dollar sales agency for 17 years and has since studied fundraising and nutrition. She is a professional speaker, life coach, author and blogger. Mair recently published her first book, A GOOD PLAN: Ten Simple Steps to Make Healthy Choices a Habit. She is proudest of her roles as mom to three amazing boys and wife of 31 years. www.mairhill.com

Anyone can be a leader. We lead every day whether we’re aware of it or not. You lead a child across the street. You lead a discussion at work, at school or at the dinner table. You lead a healthy life. The qualities of a great leader are the same qualities that make a great human being. Honing your leadership skills requires desire, awareness and practicing the attributes listed here. Whether your goal is to lead a few people or thousands, this is a great place to start!

1. Leaders Practice Kindness. There’s never a reason to be mean. Ever. Period. A true leader avoids gossip and treats everyone with the same respect whether talking with the busboy or the CEO of a Fortune 100 company.

2. Leaders Listen. We are equipped with two ears and one mouth; a good reminder to listen twice as much as we speak. To listen effectively is to be fully present, rather than ten steps ahead, planning what you will say next. The most effective leaders listen so intently that the person speaking feels like he or she is the most important person in the world.

3. Leaders are Honest in All Things. Be honest not only with others, but also with yourself. Authenticity is important as a leader. Your reputation is built on a foundation of integrity and will crumble quickly without it.

4. Leaders Keep Their Word. Do what you say you are going to do. A leader sees the big picture and doesn’t make promises he or she can’t keep. If you promise more than you can deliver, be the first one to admit your mistake and offer an alternative plan of action.

5. Leaders Exude Confidence. When you aim to live authentically with kindness and integrity, it’s easier to sit up a little straighter and stand a little taller. Confidence comes with taking decisive action for the highest good of all concerned.

6. Leaders Practice Humility. Leaders are smart enough to know what they don’t know. They aim to surround themselves with people who are even smarter than they are because they know that two minds are better than one.

7. Leaders Empower Others. A true leader fades to the background and lets others shine; not out of shyness, but in order to lift up others. Being around a true leader is a positive experience, because you feel encouraged to be your best self.

8. Leaders Know Communication is Key. Leaders are adept at communicating clearly and concisely and fostering an environment where asking questions is encouraged.

9. Leaders Offer Constructive Feedback. A leader is willing to offer feedback when necessary and believes that it is best to praise in public and criticize in private. A real leader never belittles or embarrasses others.

10. Leaders Walk the Talk. The most effective leader is one who leads with their own actions. John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” No matter your title or position, others will follow your example if it is a good one.

Some leaders are born, but the majority of us get there one skill and one follower at a time. Take time to consider what you admire about the leaders in your life and how you can implement these qualities in your own leadership.

3 thoughts on “10 Attributes of a Great Leader

  1. This is one of the best articles I have ever read on leadership! What a wonderful job she has done articulating these attributes, and giving all of us guidelines for how to not only be a good leader, but to be a good person. I want to be that kind of person!!! Thank you, Mair!

    Like

  2. Leadership is key in life. If you don’t know where you’re going how can you expect anyone to follow you or believe in what you have to offer. I always say go the extra mile in all you do and others will be attracted to you.
    Im making a copy of these and posting it in my office and a few other places.

    Like

  3. So true, that most of us do reach the leadership position, one skill at a time, and one follower at a time. That is why it is very important to become a student of your business and develop relationships with mentors, the people you aspire to become. Great article!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s