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5 Traits a True Leader Must Have

Updated on June 9, 2012

Our world can’t function without leaders. They are people gifted with special traits to influence anyone and make them do better on the field they are inclined with. As what the famous quote says, leaders are not born; they are made. If you are one of the many who aspires to be a good leader, this article will surely help you as we will discuss ten important traits that a true leader should possess. I may not know it all about leadership yet I have various experiences in leading a group to brag about. Through my previous experiences as a leader, I came up with these traits that will surely help anyone understand the true meaning of leadership.


A true leader must be patient enough to understand each of his members. It is important for a leader to realize that not all individual are gifted. Some lack talent and skills while others have many. This is why a leader should devote most of his time guiding members that can’t easily cope with the requirements of a certain job or activity. Such task requires a lot of patience particularly if a certain member is not interested to excel in doing his task. The process of encouraging him to do his best will take a lot of time and effort in the leader’s part yet his success would certainly mean great improvement in the team’s performance.


Life is all about taking risks and improving your skills to make the situation favorable to you. This is the main reason why a good leader should be brave enough to lead his members away from their respective comfort zones and encourage them to face new challenges. The group may end up failing in the end yet the experience will make the whole endeavor worthwhile. In the end, nothing can stop the team to be better as long as the leader has enough courage to meet all the challenges up ahead.


Failure is inevitable since there will always come a time where the team will be on its lowest. This is where a true leader will prove his worth. He should be the last one to give up on the team’s goal. A leader must be determined to finish what is started and encourage his members to follow him all throughout. Action is far better than words if we talk about leadership so a true leader must work hard for the team as well. There is no better way to influence your members than showing them how the work is done and what attitude they should possess to achieve great results.


Goals are very important as they can guide you to the right path. The leader should base his decisions on the team’s goals. Success on any endeavor entirely depends on how the prepared the group is. The leader is responsible in making sure that all the members fully understand their role in the system and how each of them can contribute to the success of the team. We should never forget that the greatest leaders are usually not the most intellectual ones but those who can easily influence people to perform better and work harder in achieving a certain goal.

Being Selfless

A true leader thinks about his personal needs less and more on the group’s welfare. He is sensitive enough to figure out what each members need to fulfill their respective duties better. Being a leader does not mean you are better than any of your members. It only means that they all fully trust you. An effective leader should know what it feels to be a follower. This will gave him a clearer picture on how to handle each member so they won’t turn on each other or jeopardize the overall performance of the group.

If you are aspiring to be a good leader, you made the first step. Reading tips and guides about leadership can greatly help you understand what it takes to be an effective leader. The next step, and probably the most vital one is application. Don’t be nervous since you are following the right path as long as you consider the five traits mentioned above along the way.


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    • Alma Cabase profile image

      Alma Cabase 5 years ago from Philippines

      @ yssubramanyam thank you for appreciating my hub.



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      yssubramanyam 5 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      well said, good hub. leader gives credit to followers, and failures to his own account.

      hub lover..great hub.

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      Alma Cabase 5 years ago from Philippines


      Thank you for your positive comments.

      I really appreciate them.



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      Jules Gonzalez 5 years ago from From the Concrete Jungle to the Sunny Side of Me!

      My husband is going to love this one. Thanks for sharing.

    • Dee aka Nonna profile image

      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      Really good list. I think being selfless is almost more important that the others....or at least, it should rank very high in the leaders mind. Voted up and useful.