Qualities people value in their leaders

16 Sep Qualities people value in their leaders

According to “The Leadership Challenge,” a wonderful book focused on “liberating the leader in everyone,” there are 4 qualities that stand above the rest when people are asked what they value in their leaders … take a look at the list below, and see if these core values are the same you value in yourself as a leader.

*PS: After you read the list, ask yourself if the qualities at the top are the same you’d like to see in a company you do business with … interesting how they align, huh?

—88% Honest

—71% Forward-looking

—66% Competent

—65% Inspiring

—47% Intelligent

—42% Fair-minded

—40% Broad-minded

—35% Supportive

—34% Straightforward

—33% Dependable

—28% Cooperative

—24% Determined

—23% Imaginative

—21% Ambitious

—20% Courageous

—20% Caring

—17% Mature

—14% Loyal

—8% Self-controlled

—6% Independent

9 Comments
  • Werner Berger
    Posted at 20:42h, 16 September Reply

    Interesting, and not a surprise, is the fact that virtually none of the qualities are based on cognitive learning; which is where most corporate dollars, spent on Leadership Training, are wasted (a total of $114 Billion – according to McKinsey & Company). My chapter in the best selling book, supported by Loral and LOL, Get in the Game, is titled, On “Being” a Leader.

  • Charles
    Posted at 20:49h, 16 September Reply

    The quality of a leader is also edifying his/her group or staffs. I believe in pushing up people to allow them to grow. This is another quality of a great leader.

  • Ben
    Posted at 21:08h, 16 September Reply

    Why do we call the people running our country leaders then? They’re not even at the bottom of the list.

  • Gina
    Posted at 21:39h, 16 September Reply

    YES that’s what I look for in a leader and YES I those are the values that I hold for myself as well. Great to information to know!!

  • Suzy Prudden
    Posted at 22:55h, 16 September Reply

    The one quality I didn’t see, which is important to me, is a sense of humor.

  • Dianna Jacobsen
    Posted at 01:32h, 17 September Reply

    Great list, and I’m glad to feel the resonance with these qualities.
    One I would add, for myself, and presumably for Leaders in general, is Tenacious! Hold on to the vision, as long as you believe in it, and keep working towards it, regardless…
    Dr John Demartini says “When the voice and the vision from within are stronger and more clear than the voices and opinions on the outside, you have truly mastered your life”. How true!

  • Joe Jutrisa
    Posted at 11:45h, 17 September Reply

    Interesting list. Honesty and integrity along with character are most important. Competence breeds confidence and passion provides inspiration. One must be prepared to do what one asks…lead from the front. Train, coach, inspire and edify those below you. Sadly, positional leadership seems to be the only style leadership you see in most companies. That’s why they stagnate. People do as they are told or else. Incompetent, egotistical, selfish and dishonest people frequently rise to power positions and management roles, and the best people move on to better organisations or to start their own enterprises! Everything falls on leadership.

  • Peter Ivett
    Posted at 21:32h, 17 September Reply

    This is an interesting list however I believe there are four essential qualites that need to be added:
    Trust. Trust that goes both ways. Trust is a leadership foundation.
    Optimism ever tried following a pessimistic leader.
    Respect. Not only respect for their people but respect for themselves.
    Accountability. Leaders need to deliver what they say they will.

  • Roy Zazeraj
    Posted at 08:33h, 18 September Reply

    When undefined, we all attach slightly different meanings to the qualities and some might overlap. I agree with adding tenaciousness and sense of humour, but also decisive (but open to input), purpose-driven, good listener and life-long learner. I find it worrying that self-controlled and independent are right at the bottom! Roy

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