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True Leadership Qualities

Updated on October 25, 2017

What is true leadership? The following hub will define leadership and explain how each quality is exemplified by those who are destined to be the leaders of the world.

Leaders are everywhere. They are parents, children, teachers, students, professionals and any individual who exudes the following qualities that help lead others to success and positive development. Leaders are everyday people, and whether the greater population knows about them or not, they have the power to make substantial changes for our society.

Effective Communication

To be a leader in your field, whether it is personal or professional, effective communication is key to distinguishing how you progress in relation to others. All things created begin with a thought and then spoken and manifested into reality. Interpersonal communication skills demonstrates that you know how to keep the channels of understanding open and clear between multiple individuals no matter your differences. The dynamics of communication includes the ability to share information, whether verbally or written, in an articulate way, with active listening. This is the essential foundation for building mutual honesty, trust, understanding with an ability to merge others' opinions, thoughts and information with your own for effective solutions based on the needs of the group as a whole.

Strong Initiator and Motivator

Those who lead are first noticed by their ability to take the initiative when others will not. They motivate the others to take action and are usually the ones with the know-how to take the first steps in resolving issues. They also know how to keep everyone together and make sure that everyone is doing their part in order to reach certain goals.

Be Fair & Compromise

To maintain longevity as a leader, one must always commit to fairness, for the greater good of everyone involved. This means making necessary sacrifices and compromise so that everyone benefits in teh long-run. Without fairness, the group would falter and there would be a lot more chaos as opposed to unity. Leaders who are willing to compromise can progress much netter with the support of others who feel that their individual needs are being met.


Leaders should also have a diverse experience or at least be able to empathize with the experience of others who are different without judgment. Those expected to lead must understadning that we all have common expectations but our differences can be an ally and compliment to each other as well. By using diversity as a tool for positive change, a leader can successully bring everyone together to understadn teh needs of each other, while keeping fresh perspectives for new solutions. After-all, life is about change given the diversity of life.

Well-Informed and Tenacious

Common leaders are known to have common and not-so common knowledge about the world around us. If not, they are tenacious in finding new information and resources that can assist the group. This is aligned with the previous quality of initiator, as they are the first ones to actively seek new opportunities for growth and expansion and pass that information along to others who may benefit from it.

Strong Ethics

Leaders differ in their opinions, morals, and code of life, yet all of these standards should always follow a strong, general ethics-based blueprint foundation that eliminates any risk or violation to others. This inclines that they be consistent and honor their duties set forth, and do not compromise where it is important to have stability and protection for others. If one is to lead, they are expected to honor the trust of those who follow and have principles that demonstrate that they can be trusted to lead now and in the future.


Common respect is the most important quality that anyone can have towards others in any group or relationship dynamic. This is the merging of all qualities that it takes to lead. It is the foundation of bonding with trust, appreciation and support of others as a whole and individually.

Lead & Follow

Finally leaders should be able to lead as well as follow. Leadership is not about who has the most control or about being a tyrant over others. Those who look at it this way, have already failed in their pursuit of leadership. Until you can identify with being a leader under the terms of both leader as well as follower, then you have not quite mastered the art of leadership. If so, you will discover that this means trusting others to give you input, take the weight of some major decision-making, and relying on instinct to determine when it is appropriate to lead and when to follow. By following, you are supporting the group, and by leading, you take responsibility for your share of the work or goal. Those can do both, no matter what their role, are considered leaders in their own right in my book.

© 2011 Latasha Woods


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    • Latasha Woods profile imageAUTHOR

      Latasha Woods 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you Feenix!! I am glad to hear that it was helpful in identifying all the leadership attributes for you. I feel that all of these qualities gives everyone the permission to activate their role as leader in their homes, in the community and in general society. People can appreciate this all over the world.

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      7 years ago

      Latasha, this is a very useful and informative hub. In fact, it is awesome and I "graded" it that way.

      During my lifetime, I have held quite a number of positions of leadership; thus, I have broad knowledge of what it takes to be an effective leader and I must say that in this hub, you covered all the bases.


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