Leadership Characteristics

Possessing certain leadership skills and characteristics may perhaps allow a leader greater success. Research has shown that personal leadership characteristics are linked directly to leader behavior.

Leadership characteristics affect three specific attributes:

  • Quality of management
  • Financial soundness
  • Quality of products and services

Identification of leadership characteristics related to positive outcome performance may perhaps form the condition for selection of leaders to key management positions.

The Leadership Characteristic Set provides a strong collection of learnable characteristics that successful leaders can attain and use to create both a productive atmosphere and culture.

Leadership Characteristics Set

  • Likeable

Having charisma and the ability to attract people based on a congenial and magnetic personality

  • Ethical

Having the moral courage to make the right decision. A person who is fair, just, and principled.

  • Accountable

Showing responsibility for his or her actions. Having the courage to acknowledge when they are wrong and showing the strength to admit it.

  • Decisive

Having the ability to make a thoughtful and intelligent decision on important key issues.

  • Encouraging

Reassuring those who need experience and guidance through kindness and understanding, motivation, and inspiration.

  • Respectful

Considerate of the needs of others and courteous to those he or she leads.

  • Sincere

Always trustworthy, genuine, honest, and truthful.

  • Helpful

Willing to provide a supportive hand, willing, caring, and obliging.

  • Intelligent

Showing the ability to be clever, wise, sharp adaptable, intellectual, logical, creative, and reasonable.

  • Perceptive

Having the ability to visualize, be insightful, sharp, sensitive, observant, and aware of his or her surroundings, and showing understanding and compassion .

A positive or negative impact that leadership characteristics and behavior have will drive the overall effectiveness that is acceptable to an organization, whether it is in business, education, government, or athletics.

Negative Leadership Characteristics

Two leadership characteristics that may prove harmful and create organizational decline or failure are:

  • Risk aversion
  • Self-centered

Risk aversion is a reluctance to pursue an outcome with an uncertain return, and being self-centered relates to a belief that individuals should pursue only those areas that affect self-interest.

Furthermore, leaders are doomed to failure by possessing characteristics such as arrogance, cautiousness, skepticism, and distrust.

I’m sure there are other negative leadership characteristics to avoid, and they are easily identifiable.

Just ask this question – “What types of personal characteristics attract me to a leader?”  Knowing the type of characteristics you value will provide a foundation for understanding perhaps what others value in a leader, too.

Opportunity for Success

So, when focusing on leadership characteristics and qualities , you should know that positive characteristics, such as those in the Leadership Characteristics Set©, provide you the best opportunity for success.

Positive leadership characteristics will demonstrate credibility and will garner trust and respect from those who value you as either a formal or informal leader. By learning, owning, any portraying positive leadership characteristics, you will discover the key to success!

Halpern, G. A. (2011). Leadership characteristics in high school athletic coaches and their link with winning records: An exploratory study. Capella University, 2011, 155 pages; AAT 3458473. Copyright 2011 by ProQuest LLC. UMI Number: 3458473

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Dr. Greg Halpern
Greg is a performance improvement consultant with the DoD. He holds a M.S. Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins, and a PhD in Organization Management with an emphasis on Leadership from Capella University.