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Leadership is defined as the "process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task". Every strata of society has a leader, rather, needs a leader. A leader is someone people turn to for help. He guides everyone, and is someone who can be trusted. He has different qualities than the rest, which is why he stands out. He has more knowledge, or rather, is more aware than everyone else. He is expected to keep his cool in adverse situations, know what should be done next, and most importantly, he is dedicated for the welfare of his people. That's a lot of responsibility, isn't it? This is possibly the reason why it is stated that leaders are born. However, there is no reason why these qualities cannot be inculcated in someone. The paragraphs below present a list of leadership qualities that guide one to become an effective leader.

List of Leadership Qualities
  • Integrity
  • Vision/strategy
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Persuasion
  • Adaptability
  • Magnanimity
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Sense of humor
  • Coaching and development
  • Decision-making
  • Creativity
  • Planning
  • Empathy
  • Dedication
Leadership Attributes

Readiness to be a Scapegoat

Whatever people may say, how much ever they try to glorify leadership, the fact that every leader is a scapegoat, will never change. A leader is the person who is responsible for the group. He is the one who has to guide the group members, tell them what has to be done, and how they can approach it. After doing so much of work, if even a single member does some mistake, it is the leader who has to take the responsibility. A leader cannot let his teammates to be blamed, even if it is their mistake. No doubt this is a tough leadership skill, but that is the reason why a leader is different from others! But on the brighter side, a leader also gets the opportunity to take credit for his group's success, it is the leader who is praised for guiding the group well.

Humility

This is one of the effective leadership quality. Though leaders have the maximum responsibility, and though they are the ones who work harder than anyone else in the group, a leader needs to be down-to-earth. He should not think of himself as someone special, he should understand that he is just a leader and not the owner of his people. Only if the leader is humble, people will approach him. It is the duty of a leader to motivate his people, and only if a leader is a humble will he be able to guide and support his group members.

Clarity

A leader should have clarity in his work and behavior. He does not need to discuss his personal life and personal problems, but he should be open about his work related to his group. Whatever step he is planning to take, he should discuss it with his fellow mates and only then proceed. The same applies to problems. Whatever problem the group is facing, the leader should make others aware of it, not necessarily the entire group, but at least a few trusted members. If the leader deals with all the problems on his own, the group members will either feel discriminated or they will become irresponsible, because they won't have any responsibility.

Unprejudiced

This is one of the most important quality that a group leader should possess. He should not be prejudiced towards any member of the group. He should not be judgmental either. A leader's behavior should be the same towards everyone, no one should be favored extensively. Even if he had some bad experiences with any member in the past, he should not let that affect the present situation. He should be cautious, but should not show any negative feelings towards that person.

Now you know the good and bad qualities in you, in terms of leadership. So without wasting much time, start inoculating the qualities of a leader you do not have and getting rid of the qualities that are not mentioned in this list of leadership qualities.