13 things that make a great leader

Scott Baldwin
Apr 30, 2015 · 3 min read
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about leadership lately and the qualities I admire about the great leaders I’ve read about, seen, or have worked with. Here’s what I came up with:

They inspire

They are human

They model the behaviours they want to see from others

They are fantastic listeners

They know how to tell a story

They are optimistic, but also realistic

They make decisions

They set clear expectations

They play defence, not just offence

They give you “just enough rope”

They might delegate in different ways:

  • Being direct: specifying the goals and how to achieve it, then monitoring progress
  • Helping to develop: specifying the goal, show support for risk taking and expecting mistakes
  • Dialogue: specifying the goal placing control with the delegate, then monitoring progress
  • Disengage: specifying the goal and placing control with the delegate

But ultimately they believe the best way for you to grow is by letting you try.

They have your back

They are not afraid of tough conversations

They are gracious


What traits do you think make great leaders? Feel free to comment here.

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