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What Attribute Do You Look For in a Leader?

What attributes do you look for in a leader?

I asked this question of a group of aspiring leaders I recently spoke to and here are the top five attributes this group said they look for in their leaders.

  1. Call it like it is. Provide direct communication and feedback. Leaders who can communicate directly and honestly build trust and clarity within their teams. It fosters an environment where everyone knows where they stand and how they can improve.
  2. Prudent risk-taking. While risk is inherent in leadership, effective leaders assess risks carefully and take calculated steps to manage them. Balancing innovation with caution ensures progress while minimizing negative impacts.
  3. Speaking truth to power. Leaders need the courage to challenge the status quo and advocate for what’s best for the organization, even if it means confronting higher-ups. This openness can prevent detrimental decisions and foster a culture of transparency.
  4. Accountability and ownership. Admitting mistakes and taking responsibility demonstrates integrity and builds credibility. It also sets a positive example for accountability throughout the organization.
  5. Developing future leaders. Investing in the growth and development of team members not only strengthens the organization’s talent pool but also cultivates a culture of continuous improvement and empowerment.

These attributes collectively contribute to creating resilient, adaptable, and forward-thinking leadership. It’s inspiring to see these qualities valued by emerging leaders.

What attribute would you add?

About John Gronski

Major General John L. Gronski (U.S. Army Retired) is the founder and CEO of Leader Grove LLC, a leadership consulting firm. John is the author of two books, “Iron-Sharpened Leadership” and “The Ride of Our Lives” and is an international and Fortune 500 speaker. Learn more about John at https://johngronski.com/

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