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Good Leadership Qualties : A leadership list

Updated on February 23, 2013
Many Leaders have a vision
Many Leaders have a vision | Source

Have you ever worked with someone that inspires you to do more than you think possible? The chances are that they are a good inspirational leader .


  • · A good leader should have vision-
  • · it is the leader who makes the workforce team buy in to an organisations vision
  • · People need to be impressed; they need to see your fervourand with that feel impassioned to join in.
  • · ACTION! Without action the Vision will not be achieved- you need to be active and single minded in your efforts to inspire others- if not they will simply ignore you and your message
  • · You should be able to motivate and inspire your team


  • · Good Interpersonal skills- the ability to communicate with the workforce team rather than at them
  • · Remember to Encourage staff to identify the way forward, rather than just tell them what needs doing
  • · The ability to listen and hear what the workforce team are actually saying; rather than what you would like to think they are saying.


  • · Plain and simple. There is no outer veneer, what is on the outside in on the inside
  • · Honest and trustworthy- the worker knows exactly where they stand, broken bridges in organisations are easily repaired


  • · The resolve to see the project through to the end
  • · Recognise and applaud the achievements of your team, don’t take all the credit for work that they have produced.

Do you match up to these standards?

Learning from my mistakes

  • · The ability to learn from failure; whether it is a failed project of just something that could have been handled better.
  • A good leader· Reflects on what they do or did; and what they can learn


  • · Exit your Ivory Tower immediately! You may have a separate office but you need time to talk to your workforce team,find out from the Grass roots what is actually happening.
  • · Be approachable to all your team – Encourage conversation, but shut your door if you need to.
  • · Know your staff, at least their names and preferably more, the doorman or the tea lady could be a good source of general information on staff moral on your team


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  • · A good leader is not stifled by constraints, they are able to think “out of the box” and find innovative solutions to problem
  • · This does not mean run outside of rulesand regulations, it means doing the job with the rules and regulations intact.


  • · The ability to make decisionsas and when required
  • The ability to make unpopular decisionswhich are in line with the bigger picture

Sense of Humour

  • · The ability to laugh, often at yourself is necessary especially in those stressful moments when everything seems to be going wrong.

Friendship at work

Is it a good idea to be best friends with the boss?

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I did consider whether a good leader was also a friend and came upon a few difficulties. Whist I think it is good for a leader to be friendly, if he is your “best mate” how on earth will you take feedback from him, or even worse a reprimand. If you lose your boss you could also lose your friend. There is some thought that a leader who is your friend means that the workforce team will work harder when necessary in order to achieve the Leaders vision. What do you think?

Don’t worry if you have not got all of these qualities; but it is better to have a range of them rather than strength in just one area: we can’t all be perfect leaders!

Just don't copy Ricky Gervais!


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      CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Joo;s99- thanks for your visit- I totaly agree- I still refer to an ex boss as OGL (our great leader) although not to his face! Good leaders are inspirational and when you come across them it is great

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Case1Worker, great hub. I have been fortunate to work with some wonderful managers and also some extraordinary leaders and there is a distinct difference between management and leadership (I used to teach a leadership and management course!). There is nothing better than the way a leader can inspire their staff to be all they can be. I count myself lucky to have worked for someone like that, nothing like it from a wellbeing at work point of view.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Exactly! There are just so many people who want followers, but without a vision, they're basically attempting to say "Follow me because I think I'm important!"

      That won't go over so well.

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      CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Simone Smith- Thanks for the visit- I guess if you don't have vision and you don't know where you are going as a leader then you cannot expect your workforce team to follow you!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Good one! Vision is especially key, in my opinion. I know so many people who want to be leaders, but lack that one important aspect!

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      CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Arlene V Poma- Thanks for your visit- I inherited a situation where there were a couple, a mother and daughter in law and cousins- boy was that hard!

      It's easy when its hard to hide away and sometimes you have to for a breath of air, but if you don't meet the staff you won't know what is happenning-

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      VOTED UP! You brought up so many good points! But the one thing that stood out for me was the outfit that I worked for (23 years). I job-jumped plenty of agencies along the way, but by the time I retired, this workforce had couples working in the same areas. Which was unfortunate because if one was disciplined, the spouse stepped in and defended the mate. Or supervisors were just too scared to confront anyone who was part of a "couple." It was such a sorry situation. Sure, people were hired, but it took an act of God to fire them. Or you knew that the boss was playing favorites to keep peace at home. Leaders were afraid to discipline or fire, so you didn't have much accomplished in the workforce. When leaders hide in their cubicles and don't communicate with staff, you are guaranteed problems!

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      CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Docmo- Thanks for your visit- I guess I think that an effective leader would be so busy that they would need to read quickly and would absorb information rapidly! No time to read overlong articles, and if they were not sure if they had a sense of humour then the last video would surely let them know.

      Thanks for your visit.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Love the way you have broken down the leadership traits into little subsections with very useful advice and observations. Office is one of my favourite shows that we can learn a lot from 'how not to do' school of thought. voted up!