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Go to the Next Level: 10 Characteristics of a Good Leader

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Learning the 10 characteristics of a good leader will allow you to unlock the life that you want. If you want to achieve more in life, the solution is always to become a leader.

 

Whether that’s a leader in your family, a leader in your industry or a leader to — yourself, it’s a must.

 

“Leader of one leader of many if you can’t lead one you can’t lead any” – unknown

 

If you’re ready to go to the next level in your life, continue reading this article to learn the 10 characteristics of a good leader.

 

1. Self-Discipline

 

I have to say that today I had to use self-discipline myself.

 

A lot.

 

I wanted to give up. I had all of my “normal” work done and then I knew I had to write this blog post, create the Pinterest pins for it and more.

 

I had to keep telling myself that I committed to myself that I would do this and I also told my good friend that takes care of my Pinterest what I was going to do. And I took it one step at a time.

 

I know if I am going to be a leader, I have to be dependable. And that starts with discipline. If you say you’re going to do something — do it.

 

Discipline yourself and make it happen.

 

Truthfully, I don’t hang out with people that don’t love themselves enough to discipline themselves to do what they said they were going to do. If you aren’t going to show up for yourself — who is?

 

Plan out your day and make sure you know what is going to happen before you come to it. Visualize your day and make it happen. Use that discipline and create a life that you don’t need a vacation from!

 

2. Resilience

 

I promise you that life is not going to be easy. You’re going to have challenges that come at you more than not.

 

A good leader knows they have to bounce back quickly if they’re going to achieve their goals. If you’re a good leader, you don’t have the ability to lay down on the job and cry about things.

 

When a good leader gets knocked down, Les Brown says you should hope to fall on your back because if you can look up, you can get up!

 

 

If you want to become a thought leader or an authority in your field, you have to be resilient. You’re going to get people that don’t agree with you. People might call you bad names on Twitter or say that you talk funny — or anything else!

 

You have to give yourself a time limit to feel bad and then get back at it. I’m talking — 90 seconds for something minor.

 

3.  Honesty

 

When we’re talking about honesty, we aren’t only talking about honesty to other people but also honesty to yourself.

 

Always be honest. I’m not saying you have to tell everyone everything. I am saying — if you say something make sure it’s truth coming out of your mouth.

 

I’d rather someone hate me for a truth I said than love me for a lie I said.

 

4. A Positive Attitude

 

Can I just say that if you don’t have a positive attitude, you’re not a good leader? A good leader isn’t going to lead people down a road of negativity.

 

Leaders can be negative. We’ve seen some pretty bad leaders in our time but we want to be a good leader so work on that positive attitude.

 

5.  Confidence

 

Why would you follow someone that wasn’t confident?

 

How do we get to the local grocery store? I’m not sure… I think it’s that way.

 

You’re not following that guy. You’re looking for the person that says they can show you where to go.

 

People aren’t born being confident. Confidence is built by showing up for yourself time and time again. You don’t have to accomplish great feats before you can be confident in your abilities.

 

Show up for yourself one day at a time. Take it one step at a time and know that you’re going to do what is necessary to achieve what you set out to achieve.

 

6. Good Communicator

 

A good leader knows how to show people what is important and why it is important. Someone with fewer communication skills may be trying to get people to do something but is unable to move them. Mr. Good Communication comes in and has the same idea and people start to move.

 

People think it’s magic but it’s simply the art of communication. The art of allowing people to see and feel what’s in your mind and heart.

 

To be a good communicator, you have to be brave. Communication is at its best when you’re sharing a piece of yourself vs. only sharing facts and findings.

 

7. Passion

 

No one ever got excited about following someone that wasn’t passionate about what they were doing. It doesn’t matter how boring a topic is — if someone is passionate about it, you’re likely to pay attention.

 

A good leader is able to transfer their passion to the people they are leading to achieve great things. A group of passion-filled people is a hard group to stand against and you’re going to be able to accomplish anything you can dream of if you can transfer your passion to others.

 

8. Empathy

 

Being able to feel for other people is essential with a good leader. If you don’t feel the pain and joy of the people you’re leading, why are they following you?

 

Whether your empathy is for your employees, customers, friends, family or others in your life, it is essential if you’re going to get to the heart of the matter and truly be helpful in any situation.

 

9. Patience

 

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and no matter what you’re doing, you’re going to have to understand that if you want to be a good leader.

 

It’s easy to put in some work and look around to see if you’ve gotten the results that you want. But a true leader knows that patience is key and that you won’t reap the harvest the day you plant the seed.

 

Patience is especially important when you’re working toward a major goal. While you can break the goal down, it can still be very trying to wait for the accomplishment of your final achievement.

 

10. Influence

 

Influence is leadership. Without influence, you’re not a good leader, you’re not a bad leader, you’re not a leader at all.

 

Influence is often the most difficult thing for people to develop. It takes the perfect amount of all of the ingredients to turn into a beautiful and tasty influence soup.

 

You need things like trust, effective communication, and negotiation skills to be able to influence people. And to become a good leader or even a great leader, you’ll have to learn to influence leaders.

 

10 Characteristics of a Good Leader – Does It Sound Like You?

 

Now that you know these 10 characteristics of a good leader, does it sound like you? If you don’t think it sounds like you — don’t beat yourself up.

 

Instead of wasting time beating yourself up, take the time to plan out the next step you need to take to build those character traits into yourself.

 

This month, I am pushing myself to go above and beyond and doing a blog a day for the month on top of all of my normal work and I would love to hear from you on these posts.

 

What characteristics other than these 10 do you believe should be included in the characteristics of a good leader? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

Do you have these leadership characteristics?

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