Perhaps it’s leading a business, or a charity group, or leading the organisation of an event. You can do this by ensuring what you say and what you do demonstrates passion, professionalism, courage and respect for others, so that your people are inspired to believe in your values and want to model and emulate you. When a problem does occur as it will in an endeavour, a true leader will never dwell on the problem and move straight into finding a solution. The way you can do this is to have an attitude that welcomes problems, expect them to happen and switch your mind to problem solving, so that you’re constantly looking for answers. Being able to pass over leadership to members of your team and your partners when it is appropriate to do so is an important quality of a decent leader.
You can get better at this through spending time with your people, finding out what they enjoy doing and what activities they are resistant about. Leadership isn’t a one way thing, where you get people to do for you and you never do anything in return. You can do this by getting involved in community projects, mentoring people in less fortunate positions and leading free workshops on areas of interest to people in your area. If you consider yourself to be an unassuming, introverted or reserved person and you have dreams of leading, yet find you’re being held back, you might want to check out my latest eBook entitled ‘Lessons in Unassuming Leadership’. It will teach you how to use your personality characteristics as sources of power to help you lead effectively. Early on in my life I have experienced extreme amounts of fear and anxiety because of difficulties due to stammering.
It is now my passion to help you overcome your own difficulties, and assist you in living the life you want and deserve. How To Overcome Job Interview Anxiety, How To Cold Call With Confidence and Say No To Exam Stress. I’m so glad you liked the post and that you could resonate with the point about solution oriented. Other people will be worrying a lot about the problem, whereas the leader quickly steps above the problem. Indeed, I agree that all good leaders need to possess a sense of purpose and have something they truly believe in, very strongly. I loved the point you made about the big difference between leading and dictating through a position of authority. Though I believe you can make yourself a leader by doing and following the right things, I also think that some people are born leaders as some of the leadership qualities come pre-installed in them. As can try to become successful by copying the habits of successful people, so can you try to be a leader as well. Leaders have to be a role model, keep their cool and composure, be a good communicator, and of course, be a performer. There are so many qualities a leader should possess and I’ll leave those to the rest of the commentators.
I’m really glad you liked the post and I agree that some people do come with leadership qualities that are innate with them. Absolutely, two other qualities which good leaders display are being disciplined and having strong perseverance with whatever they are doing.
What you wrote in your comment is a very powerful process of what leaders do with such qualities.
Thanks very much for adding your great insights and experience to the discussion here, Jon.
It’s really good to see you and thanks for sharing your experiences of watching your father lead.
What you wrote in your comment about encouraging leadership qualities in your team without feeling threatened is so true. One key point which really helps in making a true leader is, leader always practices which he preaches, this quality sets them apart from others.I look on to the leaders with this quality at the forefront.
The other very important point is integrity which really is the most talked about when corporate governance is an issue, we all know what happened with Satyam with Raju at the helm of the affairs.
Just like you, I also belong to the school of thought that leaders are made, especially as I had to develop leadership qualities in my own life and continue to do so. I could really resonate with what you said about leaders being able to see “all sides to the equation”.


I can really appreciate what you said about all of usbeing able to be leaders in different aspects of our lives.
Thank you for your kind wishes about my book and for leaving your brilliant comment, Galen!
Hiten – I like leaders who are collaborative and community-oriented or team-oriented. Usually group wisdom will lead to the solutions you speak about in a quicker way because everyone will have a good idea. I also love those leaders who will admit they don’t know everything and often end up using the ideas of their followers to do something, rather than their own. Many thanks for your words of congratulations on the book, and for your words of encouragement, too! I loved what you wrote about personal growth and how it is essential to becoming a better person. Thanks so much for your comment and it is great to learn from a dedicated leadership expert as yourself. Posted on April 15, 2014 Filed Under: Blog, Leadership, Posters (FREE Downloads), Self-help Image licensed from ShutterstockAbout Frank SonnenbergFrank is an award-winning author.
If interested, you can learn more about these leadership qualities by clicking on each link under the poster. I absolutely agree Natalie ?? In fact these qualities apply to any leader regardless of gender, national origin, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. The good thing about the scorecard is that the same leadership qualities apply to a business executive, coach, politician, and head of the PTA. May I have permission to use some of your photos and curate a few articles for my blog which will be based primarily on leadership, productivity improvement and high performance in the workplace and in business? Are you a manager of other people in your workplace?  If so, a recent survey of CEOs by IBM will be of interest to you. In an overall finding, the CEOs said that complexity is the top challenge facing managers and companies today. Marlin experts dig deep to identify topics that are relevant to your workers’ lives at home and at work, and then pair them with the important answers to workplace issues you want them to retain. You will also need to share your vision with other people including your followers, your employees, team and partners in such a way that they are inspired to become a part of what you are doing.
You can also determine their level of confidence by observing their reactions to your requests. By being committed to your cause, your followers will also see your commitment and you will gain trust from them.
If you want to be a leader that really makes a change, you need to make a real difference in the lives of others. You can purchase the book from the Amazon Kindle Store and is also available as a PDF download. As you quite rightly said, whatever this may be, it needs to be something, which the leader will fight for; it would be that important. Those who do the latter usually do so to feed their egos, yet miss out on so many of the essential skills and behaviours of a proper leader. Thank you for reminding me about leadership–the busy-ness of the week swallowed up those ideals. This is very true and probably related to having a strong commitment to self-development and personal growth. There are some qualities that all leaders have like being disciplined, having confidence and perseverance. The behaviours, skills and attitudes such people demonstrate represent excellent cases, which can be modelled. The leaders of tomorrow will look at those of today for advice on how they too can lead successfully.
I can really appreciate what you wrote about being able to convert qualities into actions and results being full of purpose. My father was in the Army and I’ve watched him lead his men by example and with a lot of tact. I usually will stick to the school of thought which states that leaders are made, because there are certain personality traits which have to polished, those traits if not adequately polished can result in the leaders becoming managers.


As you quite rightly said, certain traits need to be polished, which help in the transition to a leader.
The more people we have stating this and living it too, the more hope it will give to those who perhaps still do not feel confident enough that they can lead. I would consider myself anunassuming, introverted or reserved person with dreams of leading. I loved what you wrote about a good leader being someone who remains positive and includes everyone in the group. Leaders have to be willing to let go so that the people they’re leading actually have the opportunity to get stuck in. I think being able to do this is what differentiates those leaders who are truly happy more often than those who need to be in control, in order to be happy. I’m not a fan of dictatorial leaders lol but do like leaders who listen to what everyone has to say and then makes decision based on that collective wisdom.
Since everyone can influence those around us it’s important to be growing and developing in our leadership skills. Your comment is so encouraging for all those people who want to lead, especially for those who might doubt they can.
I’m thinking of translating it to French for my readers if that would be ok with you.
I entered the self-development field in 2003, and since then have changed myself into a successful individual. The best leaders I have known have never been selfish and take satisfaction in watching their followers grow and develop.
Leaders convert ideas into actionable steps; they convert actionable steps into purpose-filled results. I think these are qualities that I too tried to imbibe and practice when I was in a position of leadership. I guess it is because they spend so much of their time looking from a ‘systems perspective’. Taking responsibility for ourselves, not blaming others, living our values, being, as Gandhi said, the change we want to see in the world.
I’m hoping that it will be a motivational text for other people who are reserved, yet want to lead, but find they are being held back by the way they are. By getting involved in the nitty -gritty things while keeping an overall check on the wider vision, really helps leaders to earn the respect of those around them.
Frank was recently named one of “America's Top 100 Thought Leaders” and nominated as one of “America’s Most Influential Small Business Experts.” Frank has served on several boards and has consulted to some of the largest and most respected companies in the world. Please send me an e-mail providing greater detail so that I better understand what you have in mind. Knowing how to encourage leadership qualities in your team members without feeling threatened yourself is key to leadership, to my mind. There are clear and distinct differences in qualities between managers and leaders and it can be fascinating to observe this in action. I totally agree that group wisdom is so much more effective than a dictatorial ‘my way is right’ approach.
Additionally, FrankSonnenbergOnline was named among the “Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs” and among the "Top 100 Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs." Frank’s new book, Follow Your Conscience, was released November 2014. Their ego stays completely out of it and they treat you as a partner and love to see you develop. A leader needs to be positive, include everyone in the group and accept and embrace their differences.
Having said this, people can develop beliefs that there is something wrong with them, if they are.
In the same light, in order for a company to be successful today, it must be innovative, trustworthy, nimble, adaptive, etc.



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