Qualities of A Leader That Don’t Always Make “The List”

When addressing the qualities of a “good leader,” these are a few that often get brought up: humility, delegation, listening, problem-solving, optimism, vision, diplomacy, etc.

The list usually goes on to mention commitment, courage, resilience, empathy, patience… honesty, confidence, creativity, intuition, motivation, accountability, trust, purpose, influence, etc.

Leaders might possess some of these things, but it’s unlikely that they are all of these things.

Leaders that I know embody some additional great qualities that don’t typically make “the list” like timidity, introvert, spontaneity, sensitivity, etc.

These qualities don’t make them bad leaders, in fact a timid person can make a great leader. An introvert can make a great leader. Someone who is more spontaneous than prepared can make a great leader. And someone who is sensitive can make a great leader (etc.).

Recognizing the skills that make up who we are is what makes us unique. Each persons’ style defines their values and perspective, communicating that value to others can go a long way.

Of course, there will be times where we’ll need to adapt other skills or step out of our comfort zone, but never underestimate the value you bring to the table.