Leadership Qualities

The list below consists of desirable leadership qualities. If a movement is lucky, leaders will possess many of the desirable qualities. Beware of leaders who possess many of the faults drawn from the undesirable list.

Desirable Qualities

  • A born leader
  • A person with vision who thinks outside the box
  • Able to assume responsibilities
  • Able to be consistent and predictable
  • Able to be diligent in their duties
  • Able to choose people of consequence for the right task
  • Able to communicate
  • Able to delegate authority and responsibility
  • Able to garner local and world support
  • Able to focus and get the job done
  • Able to hold people accountable for their mistakes, and take appropriate action
  • Able to keep track of what is being done, and who is doing it
  • Able to learn from their mistakes, and the mistakes of others
  • Able to listen
  • Able to nurture and inspire people to reach higher achievements
  • Able to punish and demote people
  • Able to put their egos aside and step down when asked to
  • Able to recognize faults and good points in people
  • Able to recognize their own weaknesses and appoint people to fill them
  • Able to recognize when loyalty is warranted, and when it is not
  • Able to say no to their friends
  • Able to set a good example
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to work with others
  • Good character
  • Have qualities that motivate the troops further
  • Integrity
  • One of the people
  • Only expatriates who are well known and respected, should be considered
  • Trustworthy
  • Committed to the cause
  • Competent in what they do
  • Able to learn new things
  • Courage
  • Able to solve problems

Undesirable Qualities

  • A person without vision
  • Expatriates who have injected themselves into the revolution and who have little local support
  • Incompetent
  • Lack of character
  • Lack of courage
  • Lack of integrity
  • Qualities that don’t motivate the troops
  • Unable to assume responsibilities
  • Unable to be consistent and predictable
  • Unable to be diligent in their duties
  • Unable to choose people of consequence for the right task
  • Unable to communicate
  • Unable to delegate authority and responsibility
  • Unable to focus and get the job done
  • Unable to garner local and world support
  • Unable to hold people accountable for their mistakes, and take appropriate action
  • Unable to keep track of what is being done, and who is doing it
  • Unable to lead
  • Unable to learn from their mistakes, and the mistakes of others
  • Unable to learn new things
  • Unable to listen
  • Unable to nurture and inspire people to reach higher achievements
  • Unable to punish and demote people
  • Unable to put their egos aside and step down when asked to
  • Unable to recognize faults and good points in people
  • Unable to recognize their own weaknesses and appoint people to fill them
  • Unable to recognize when loyalty is warranted, and when it is not
  • Unable to relate with the people
  • Unable to say no to their friends
  • Unable to set a good example
  • Unable to solve problems
  • Unable to work under pressure
  • Unable to work with others
  • Uncommitted to the cause
  • Untrustworthy

“Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”

Bernard Montgomery, British Field Marshal

 

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