- Personal qualities,
- Courage and fearlessness,
- Ability to make decisions,
Qualities of a good leader and his leading is a role model for his followers. He must possess some key personal leadership traits that are mandatory to be a leader.
He must have a clear vision for his people, situations and circumstances he wishes to change. He be a firm believer in his cause and must believe that his dream will be realized in time.
Churchill reputably said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” The true leader is willing to do both as the situation requires. He must exhibit calm confidence in all situations. A leader must set an inspirational example to lead his people and constantly motivate the group he is leading. He needs to to understand the group he is leading. If he does not know his people well, he is following the wind.
A leader not only identifies his group’s problems but articulates their message clearly and, in turn, gains a response from them in the form of their ardent support for him. He should not be fickle. He must know who he is, and what he stand for and must defend his cause with resolve.
He should assign critical leadership roles to the group. One of the key attributes of a great leader is that he is a decision-maker even the picture is incomplete. He will follow his instincts and experience and will make timely decision.
Martin Luther King Jr. said “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a permanent attitude.” Since the ultimate objective of a leader is to serve his people with love and kindness, he cannot serve them with any grudge or revenge-driven ideas. He must be forgiving.
A leader is great only when he is great in humility. He gets his grace and wisdom by being humble and down to earth. A true leader is willing to undertake a struggle and persist at it. He does not give up hope and effort in the face of failure or defeat, but keeps trying till he meets victory.
He must be vigilant at all times. He should be able to identify negative tendencies in the people he works with and in his opposition camp.
He must not be inpatient and hasty in his actions and decisions. Patience is imperative to achieve success. To be compassionate is one of the core qualities of a true leader. He can sympathize with his follower only when he has love and compassion for them.
He is never afraid to admit to his mistakes. Rather, he learns from past mistakes and emerges as a stronger and more powerful leader. He is a person of great characters and integrity and he guards these qualities.