4 Qualities Every Leader Must Possess To Be Successful

Ask a random person walking down the street what quality must a leader possess to be successful and you’ll probably get a different answer from each person. Everyone views leadership in a different light.

And how someone views leadership will mold the way they see the answer to the question.

However, there are qualities every leader must most. Especially if they want to be successful.

Do you have these leadership qualities?

So, what traits do those leading organizations need? Let’s look at the following 4 qualities.

4 Qualities Every Leader Must Possess

1. Integrity:

You’ve heard of Enron. They were a company that looked great on paper. Enron was viewed as a success by various business journals and peers.

However, Enron’s success came crashing down once the world learned there was a lack of integrity within the organization.

Integrity should be the baseline for every leader. When a leader holds true to the principle of honesty and has sound morals, they’re off to a great start.

2. Able to listen:

Leadership has often been practiced in a vacuum. The CEO sits in an office away from those doing the day-to-day work.

Then one day he discovers things are a mess.

Why? Because he wasn’t listening to anyone else. He’d secluded himself in the office and toiled away.

Great leaders know they must be willing to listen. Listen to those within the organization, to those outside of the organization, and to those who have experienced similar business situations.

Without having an ear to the ground, leaders become disconnected and forget what it’s like to do the daily grind. They also miss hearing about advancements that could improve their organizations.

Keep your ears open and listen.

3. Empathy:

Great leaders also know that they can’t lead others if they don’t understand how others feel. That’s where the quality of empathy comes into play.

When a leader is empathetic, he’s able to feel, and understand, what others are going through.

A leader needs to be able to GET their employees. Be a leader who leads with empathy.

4. Servant:

In my mind, the greatest example of leadership was Jesus Christ. He came down from a high position to one of lowly stature.

From there, he spent his life serving others as he brought them into the church.

He washed feet. He healed people. And He offered Himself up as a sacrifice for you and I.

That’s a true servant. A servant doesn’t look to see what benefits himself. Instead, he looks for ways to make the lives of others better.

Do you know what you can do to improve the lives of those around you? Seek out those things and begin doing them.

Become a servant.

These 4 qualities of a great leader are just the beginning. They’re the foundation.

From there, you have to build upon other qualities that produce leaders people want to follow.

Knowing that, what other qualities would you recommend leaders develop? Share those in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Great list, and many days you need to demonstrate all four traits! Being able to pivot will make the difference!

  • Sheldon Bass

    Excellent points on each of these essential qualities that every good leader must have, if they are to be successful. The measure of a leader’s success can only be assessed in correlation to the success of those he leads. I find a widespread fallacy in many people’s thinking about leadership whenever they view that position as authority, rather than a responsibility to serve, resulting in the success of those who follow. Great post!

  • Chris Pehura

    I feel a lot of people tend to over think leadership. Every leadership conversation I have starts with these points.
    1. Managers use people to support organizations. Leaders support people using organizations.
    2. Leaders articulate a clear picture/vision that followers can easily retain and re-articulate to others. This includes the thinking, seeing, and feeling.
    3. Followers and followers of followers emulate leaders.