What Are the 10 – Most Important Character Traits of Effective Leaders?
Character plays a major role in your ability to influence and lead others. Here’s a short list of the character traits of the TRUE LEADERS I admired most.
Adaptable: Flexible, stable, observant, life-long learner, inquisitive, curious, sensitive, approachable, open-minded, considers multiple perspectives, not jumping to conclusions, willingness to take risks, and resilient to setbacks.
Dependable: Dedicated, strong duty concept, responsible, reliable, accountable, intelligent, productive, teachable, and competent (possesses technical, communication, inter-personal and business skills needed to be effective).
Integrity: Honest, trustworthy, equitable, aware, prompt, credible, straight-forward, does not play games, responsive, keeps his word, virtuous, righteous behavior, and a solid role-model.
Justice: Righteous, fair, consistent, forgiving, moral, ethical, legal, unbiased, equitable, discerning, and impartial.
Judgment: Judge results and behavior, clear vision, high standards, timely, decisive, delegates, prudent, interdependent, wise, common sense, mature, persuasive, simplifier, organized, balanced, resourceful, sets priorities, recognizes excellence, methodical, thrifty, and wise.
Loyalty: Obedient, team player, faithful, supportive, fidelity, devoted, involved, committed, develops team members, develops self, and discrete.
Moral Courage: Determined, confident, calm, firm, persistent, temperate, disciplined, fortitude, mental toughness, resilience, assertive, sets high standards, risk taker, candid, bold, aggressive, thrives on chaos, embraces change, admits mistakes, apologizes, and does what’s right.
Positive Attitude: Enthusiastic, positive, energetic, zealous, open, optimistic, imagination, diligent, dedicated, driven, dynamic, encouraging, team builder, outgoing, contributor, sense of humor, champion, inspiring, intense, motivating, passionate, perseverance, creative, curious, sense of humor, imagination, upbeat, can do, and makes it happen.
Proactive: Initiative, vision, diligent, action oriented, responsive, future focused, driven, self-starter, anticipate, problem solver, efficient, effective, anticipates, consistent.
Respectful: Personable, fair, friendly, civil, considerate, tolerant, thankful, inclusive, flexible, constructive, modest, appreciative, collaborator, tactful, consensus builder, compassionate, helpful, listener, responsive, thoughtful, patient, empathic, understanding, caring, sensitive, attentive, charitable, available, generous, amicable, amiable, sincere, recognizes diversity, self-control, and balanced.
These character traits can be learned, practiced and internalized to help you become a better leader tomorrow than you are today.
Bottom-line: If you intend to become an effective leader, character counts!