Top 8 Characteristics of a Leader

It is no doubt that some of the most famous inspiring leaders have memorable qualities. These impressive qualities are what makes them leaders in the first place!

So, what do the marketing team here at The Training Initiative believe to be characteristics of a leader?

1. Self-Awareness

Being sure of yourself and knowing your own goals is one of the main attributes of being a leader. If you are not confident in yourself, how are others going to trust and believe in you? It is the conscious knowledge of one’s own character and desires.

A leader who attributes self-awareness is Martin Luther King. Luther King’s ‘I Have Dream’ speech is a perfect example of someone’s conscious knowledge of their own goals!


2. Developing Others

A leader does not only focus on improving themselves but others around them too! It is important for leaders to support and motivate peers with patience.

An example of a leader who carries the skill of developing others is Liverpool Captain, Jordan Henderson. Henderson, on and off the pitch, encourages and educates teammates and fans what it means to be a leader. The Liverpool captain gracefully tackles abuse online, shows support for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests and works with NHS charities all throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic.


3. Strategical Thinking

Tackling difficult situations with grace is an important quality for any future leader. Leaders can solve problems effectively, whilst taking in opposing perspectives, to reach a common goal!

The Swedish, 18-year-old, Greta Thunberg, gracefully challenges world leaders on important topics that affect us all! The Swedish-born constantly calls for governments around the world to do more to cut global emissions.


4. Positivity

A leader needs to have a good, positive outlook on life! You need an hopeful personality for people to trust and believe in you.

A leader who I believe shows great resilience and positivity is activist Malala Yousafzai. The Pakistani activist was once shot in the head by a Taliban Pakistan gunman but amazingly survived! After surviving, Yousafzai took the opportunity to turn this miracle into something great. She began advocating for human rights, especially the education of women. Later in her teens, Malala won a Nobel Piece Prize for her work making her the youngest ever person to receive such an honor. Malala Yousafzai continued her studies at Oxford University here in the UK.


5. Good Communication

Being able to communicate effectively will increase the attention by-standers give you. Eventually, this will allow you to become an incredible leader.

Let us take Barack Obama, for example. To be the president of the United States and in charge of one country is a whole lot of pressure for one man. Therefore, being a good communicator must be on your list of characteristics you need! Obama also helped develop others as well as himself, this is what makes in a great leader.


6. Integrity

As well as being one of our core values here at The Training Initiative, Integrity involves attaining strong moral principles. Whilst having this honest quality, it is a great way to prove to followers that you are an ethical leader.

A leader who I believe inhabits integrity is Steve Jobs. The Apple founder once said “I don’t care about being right. I care about success and doing the right thing.”


7. Honesty

Honesty is one of the major qualities a leader should have. There should be no deceit or dishonesty in relationships. Honesty is the core of leadership, without the foundations of trust, success will crumble.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the USA, headed the country in the American Civil War which fought to abolish the slavery. Eventually, Lincoln freed nearly 3 million slaves.


8. A Good Listener

Having the ability to listen to everyone around you, and even hear what is not said, is an important quality of a leader. Being a leader should not be selfish, you must credit and listen to others to improve your understanding of everything around you. All leaders have had great help from either: employees, peers, or followers.

A leader with the ability to listen and credit well is Kamala Harris. Harris is currently the vice president of the United States. As an accomplished lawyer and senator, the Vice President has a background of careful and compassionate listening up her sleeve.

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