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5 things that make a great leader


Leaders, they say, are born, not made. I’m not sure I agree with that. Leadership skills can be taught, and it is something that will help you within the organization as well as in several other phases of life.

Here are the 5 things that I think make a great leader:

Vision Vision is an extremely important part of being a leader. You’ve got to be able to inspire your teams, and for that, thinking forward is crucial. Great leaders are great visionaries.

Communication A good leader is a great communicator. If you can’t communicate your ideas to your team, or are unable to understand what they have to say, your days as a leader will be numbered.

Accountability Good leaders are accountable. They hold themselves to the same standards that they expect of others, and they take all the accountability for their and their team’s work and its results.


Creativity As a leader, you aren’t supposed to create followers. You are supposed to foster creativity and create a team that’s capable of thinking on its feet. People should be able to do the best work of their lives with you.

Attention to details Great leaders are able to pay attention to minor details without missing the forest for the trees. As a leader, you have got to be able to do the same day in and day out.


Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. — Collin Powell


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