Fifteen Habits of Great Leaders

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1. Leaders listen.

“The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.” -Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia. Tweet this!

Want to learn more? Check out a post by Michael Hyatt for tips to develop better listening skills.

2. Leaders have a vision.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau, American poet. Tweet this!

3. Leaders follow-through.

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.” -Mark Twain, American author. Tweet this!

Check out my post on following through with your to-do’s to learn more about accountability and following through on your goals.

4. Leaders focus on growth.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. Tweet this!

5. Leaders are solution-oriented.

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” -Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States.Tweet this!

6. Leaders live healthy.

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States. Tweet this!

What is your definition of health? Find out mine by reading this post.

7. Leaders are persistent.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”
Paul J. Meyer, founder of the Success Motivation® Institute, Inc. Tweet this!

8. Leaders empower others.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams, former President of the United States. Tweet this!

9. Leaders know how to reach a goal.

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” –Confucius, philosopher. Tweet this!

Want to set manageable goals? Check out my post to learn more.

10. Leaders have grace.

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” -Lao Tzu, philosopher. Tweet this!

11. Leaders express gratitude.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward, author. Tweet this!

Want to know more about feeling gratitude? Check out Four Strategies to get you there.

12. Leaders are compassionate.

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” -Mahatma Gandhi, pacifist. Tweet this!

13. Leaders are dedicated to serving the community.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” -Martin Luther King, civil rights activist. Tweet this!

Find out how to better connect to your community here.

14. Leaders know that change is necessary.

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” -Max de Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller. Tweet this!

15. Leaders have integrity

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” –Abraham Lincoln, former President of the United States. Tweet this!

What habits do you think make a great leader? Let us know by commenting below!

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