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Ten Qualities of Outstanding Leaders

Although individual strengths and abilities may vary, most experts agree that outstanding leaders tend to view the world in similar ways. A solid set of values is particularly important, as is a commitment to high ethical standards. The most commonly observed qualities in outstanding leaders include:
 
1. Leadership by Example - serving as an example for others.
 
2. Visionary – providing a sense of direction for others.
 
3. Strong Communicator – listening and considering as well as speaking.
 
4. Trustworthy- behaving in a consistent, highly ethical, and fair manner.
 
5. Calm – staying cool under pressure, especially when things go wrong.
 
6. Open Minded – inviting constructive dissent or disagreements.
 
7. Professional – being respectable both at work and in their private lives.
 
8. Clear Thinking – simplifying things to maximize understanding and minimize confusion.
 
9. Nurturing - showing respect for all people, their opinions, and their capacity to achieve important results.
 
10. Supportive- helping others build on their strengths and showing appreciation.
 
 
 

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