What Do You Need – Leadership Characteristics

WRITTEN July 14, 2016 Author: Rich Atkins

What LEADERSHIP CHARACTeristics Do You Need to be successful?

In your career, you may find yourself responsible for leading and managing other people. There are a number of leadership characteristics and traits that are worthy of attention and development to ensure the best possible relationships with everyone.

Paying attention to some key focal areas allows people to channel their positive energy and in the process attract and influence others.

Creating a plan or a goal list with ways to enhance character building and be better able to lead others as a true example.

Think about these leadership characteristics, and the behaviors that support/reinforce them.

People Focused

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

– Thomas Jefferson


Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.

– Unknown


When a person applies enthusiasm to his job, the job will itself become alive with exciting new possibilities.

– Norman Vincent Peale


Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.

– Laurence Sterne

Environmentally Aware

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

-Henry Miller

Always Be Prepared

Knowledge is power.

– William Alexander, Earl of Stirling


I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.

– Everett Dirksen

Clear & Understandable

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

This information is from our Leadership & Management Class curriculum. If you’re looking for ways to improve your communication skills, register for one of our public classes.
Photo Credit: Iqbal Osman.

Other Resources:

21 Qualities of Remarkable Leadership

What are the Characteristics of a Great Leader

The Character of Leadership

Leadership vs Management Characteristics

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