15 Traits of the Leader I Would Follow

By September 3, 2013 July 8th, 2021 Articles on Leadership, Identifying Talent

Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Dave Schoenbeck

Much has been written about the successful traits of real leaders.  Here is my recipe for a leader that I would follow:

  1. Attitude: Real leaders stay positive and their attitude never varies in public.  Ever.
  2. Purpose: I have an understandable plan and we are going there soon.
  3. Urgency: The plan needs to be actioned today, not tomorrow, not next week.
  4. Passion: I believe in this mission and if you are a winner, line up behind me.
  5. Creativity: People like to sense that, with me, they are plowing new fields.
  6. Loyalty: Protect your people but if loyalty ever wavers, it’s time to upgrade talent.
  7. Intellectual Curiosity: The best people on your team are the ones that challenge you.
  8. Courage: If it’s important, you need to fight through the rejection, the objections, noise, and the BS.
  9. Honesty: Go ahead and admit that you made a mistake, and if you read the facts incorrectly.
  10. Tact: Thinking before you speak is a learned art-form.  Practice and be respected.
  11. Style: It’s who you are how you act when the stuff hits the fan.  Remember that they are watching.
  12. Willingness to Make Mistakes: Aggressive leaders often fall in the mud.  Read about Abe Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and many others.  Mud washes off.
  13. Risk Tolerance: Mistakes are a full-contact sport.  Dust off your jeans and re-engage.
  14. Modesty: It’s about them, not you.  If not, your purpose compass is off.  Find true north.
  15. Celebrate Success: Party when it works and have the guts to debrief it honestly when it doesn’t.

Go ahead and get me started.  I could make a list of the top 100, and I can’t wait to tell you more.

Coach Dave

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