The Seven Leadership Qualities of Great Leaders

Written By | Leadership Success | December 17th, 2012 | 30 Comments »

leadership qualities great leaders strategic planningMore than 50 qualities have been identified that are important to great leaders. But there are seven leadership qualities that seem to stand out as being more important than the others. The good news is that each of these Leadership qualities can be learned, and they must be learned by practice and repetition.


Great leaders have vision. They can see into the future. They have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going and what they are trying to accomplish and are excellent at strategic planning.

This quality separates them from managers. Having a clear vision turns the individual into a special type of person. This quality of vision changes a “transactional manager” into a “transformational leader.” While a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of their employees.


“Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.” (Winston Churchill)

The quality of courage means that you are willing to take risks in the achievement of your goals with no assurance of success. Because there is no certainty in life or business, every commitment you make and every action you take entails a risk of some kind. Among the seven leadership qualities, courage is the most identifiable outward trait.


In every strategic planning session that I have conducted for large and small corporations, the first value that all the gathered executives agree upon for their company is integrity. They all agree on the importance of complete honesty in everything they do, both internally and externally.

The core of integrity is truthfulness. Integrity requires that you always tell the truth, to all people, in every situation. Truthfulness is the foundation quality of the trust that is necessary for the success of any business.


Great leaders are those who are strong and decisive but also humble. Humility doesn’t mean that you’re weak or unsure of yourself. It means that you have the self-confidence and self awareness to recognize the value of others without feeling threatened. It means that you are willing to admit you could be wrong, that you recognize you may not have all the answers. And it means that you give credit where credit is due.


Humility gets results. Larry Bossidy, the former CEO of Honeywell and author of the book Execution, explained why humility makes you a more effective leader: “The more you can contain your ego, the more realistic you are about your problems. You learn how to listen, and admit that you don’t know all the answers. You exhibit the attitude that you can learn from anyone at any time. Your pride doesn’t get in the way of gathering the information you need to achieve the best results. It doesn’t keep you from sharing the credit that needs to be shared. Humility allows you to acknowledge your mistakes.”

Strategic Planning

Great leaders are outstanding at strategic planning. They have the ability to look ahead, to anticipate with some accuracy where the industry and the markets are going.

Leaders have the ability to anticipate trends, well in advance of their competitors. They continually ask, “Based on what is happening today, where is the market going? Where is it likely to be in three months, six months, one year, and two years?” through thoughtful strategic planning.

Because of increasing competitiveness, only the leaders and organizations that can accurately anticipate future markets can possibly survive. Only leaders with foresight can gain the “first mover advantage.”


Leaders always focus on the needs of the company and the situation. Leaders focus on results, on what must be achieved by themselves, by others, and by the company. Great leaders focus on strengths, in themselves and in others. They focus on the strengths of the organization, on the things that the company does best in satisfying demanding customers in a competitive marketplace.

Your ability as a leader to call the shots and make sure that everyone is focused and concentrated on the most valuable use of their time is essential to the excellent performance of the enterprise.


Your ability to get everyone working and pulling together is essential to your success. Leadership is the ability to get people to work for you because they want to.

The 80/20 rule applies here. Twenty percent of your people contribute 80 percent of your results. Your ability to select these people and then to work well with them on a daily basis is essential to the smooth functioning of the organization.

Gain the cooperation of others by making a commitment to get along well with each key person every single day. You always have a choice when it comes to a task: You can do it yourself, or you can get someone else to do it for you. Which is it going to be?

7 Leadership Qualities of Great Leaders

Most of the time, leaders think about the qualities of leadership and how to apply them daily.

The most important contribution you can make to your company is to be a leader, accept responsibility for results, and dare to go forward.

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  1. GHANSHAM says on July 15, 2014 at 2:40 am:

    good quality

  2. Malta says on March 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm:

    Excellent and inspiring. This should be a must for all politicians before they get involved with politics. These are the qualities that so many of them lack. After all who got them into office in the first place. It is people, people, people. Their first priority!!!!

    Thank you Brian.

  3. Dinesh Kumar says on February 4, 2014 at 12:34 am:

    Very informative and impressive tips

  4. says on January 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm:

    wonderful put up, very informative. I wonder why the opposite specialists
    of this sector ddo not notice this. You must proceed your writing.

    I’m sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

  5. chris says on December 16, 2013 at 9:59 am:

    I have used Tracy’s sales techniques for years. Its great to see the leadership side of things.

  6. Onuachu Felix C. says on September 10, 2013 at 12:17 am:

    Sir, am highly inspired with these words of urs. Am so Optimistic dat one day i will be a motivational speaker like you. Am a writer seeking for a mentor.

  7. Jolly Azad Singh says on August 6, 2013 at 7:43 am:

    That model role is Jesus christ

  8. Jolly Azad Singh says on August 6, 2013 at 7:40 am:

    This is was a good lear lacks in his or her, there peopel who r just going on there ways. They never ever tries such quality and never expreince this in their life. As the Holy Bible has place a good and modle role for the christians that they should follow his as a role model for them. Thank you sir for inspiring me even I personally going to be a leader so will try to accept this.

  9. Martin Agyei says on July 30, 2013 at 8:53 am:

    Brain has really inspired me but i strongly believe that, the reason for most leaders failing is their level of tolerance.I think level of tolerance should be considered as a trait of a good leader.

  10. Mind power techniques says on June 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm:

    Very helpful article. I hope to be a leader one day :)

  11. Sandeep says on May 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm:

    leader should be motivate all staff & workers . Because they are easy achieve the goal leader . leader have high power control product & all staff .

  12. SaRa AhMeD says on May 11, 2013 at 1:04 am:

    This is pretty helpful. :)

  13. ADEBAYO says on April 27, 2013 at 7:00 am:

    I think great leader firstly need to discover who he/she is. self discovery is the ability to achieve whatsoever things you are aiming for.

  14. Biswaraj Karado says on April 26, 2013 at 11:28 pm:

    Beloved Sir,

    You are agreat Leader many people don’t understand this when they get leadership, they use their power over the subordinate instead of getting things done whereas things are not happening in proper ways,it is better that you can take very good class for them so that their attitude and persepective toward leadership will be changed.

  15. Durrany says on April 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm:

    God Does not need rest , food or sleep, and need essential for human and animals only . The great thinker Loreen Sherman should correct her ideas about God

  16. Durrany says on April 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm:

    No body has think of Quality of Honesty of Leaders. Most of the so called leaders are not honest nowadays, exploiting their people for their lust for power and wealth
    Look into the Great Spring Revolution in the Arab States with Leaders who were Hungry for power and had Lust for Wealth eg. more 50 – 70 Billion USD in some cases were found in their accounts.

  17. wisdom onyemauche says on March 27, 2013 at 2:08 am:

    indeed this is a bonafide leadership tips in the making

  18. Kusimo Waheed Olasunkanmi says on March 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm:

    I love this site because it provide almost every need of student as may be needed.

  19. sharath says on February 28, 2013 at 7:33 am:


  20. Mohan kumar says on February 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm:

    5)tolerable person
    these are the qualities of a great leader and by this way he lead his nation .

  21. Firas Faham says on February 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm:

    Leaders don’t lie to their followers and deliver what they promise if they want their followers to deliver what is expected from them.

  22. Mona says on January 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm:

    Don’t forget that the biggest impact you have is as a parent – even if you don’t have any of these qualities of a leader… maybe that’s why most adults love to follow a true leader … to make up for what they were missing.

  23. Ayo says on January 14, 2013 at 2:32 am:

    Great post!

    The role of leadership in any organization or society is too important to be taken with levity. Interestingly, we all need to think like leaders in whatever we are doing no matter how small they may be.

    Thank you for sharing these 7 leadership qualities. I might have to take an helicopter view of myself and take necessary steps to become a better leader.

  24. Steve says on January 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm:

    This is a great read thanks for sharing! I’m constantly working on improving my leadership skills.

  25. Monika Wiechacka says on December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm:

    Great, I agree!

  26. Olaitan Ajoke says on December 18, 2012 at 11:27 am:

    Indeed,sir you are a God gifted,inspirational, and motivational embodiment,writer and speaker.
    Please,sir keep the great and good work flying!



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