1o achievable attributes of leaders
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The Attributes of “Leaders with Influence” / Via @LollyDaskal on Pinterest

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Attributes of A Good Leader, via CharlesStone.com / Pinterest.

1. They put others first.
Authentic leaders are not self-serving. They are all-around serving! They incorporate others’ needs into their vision, and constantly align and iterate upon their vision to include the needs of others.
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“A good leader is a good servant.” – via odb.org

2. They don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. 
Leaders have a lot to focus on; that’s why people follow them! They understand this concept: while details are important, what’s more important is the “big picture.” Recognizing the “big picture” enables them to:
  • identify patterns
  • move toward their goals and
  • inspire great change.
They don’t get too caught up in the micro or granular. They keep top of mind the popular saying: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
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“A boss has the title. A leader has the people.” – Simon Sinek

3. They see the potential in themselves, and therefore in others.

In order for leaders to see potential in others, they must first see potential in themselves. This is how they became leaders. This is the inherent work of true leaders. True leaders recognize the value of their own potentiality for human achievement. Through this practice, they are able to identify the opportunity for and value of achievement in others. Remember, relationships are simply mirrors.
4. They listen. 
Anybody can talk, but not everyone can listen. Authentic listening is what enables us to digest the information necessary to inspire action. Listening is what builds trust and credibility: two of the most important and identifiable characteristics of true leaders.
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“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – via Pinterest

5. They are open to constantly improving.
Even the best leaders require improvement. They weren’t born leaders; they became leaders, by constantly making small improvements that added up to MASSIVE improvement. They became leaders by recognizing the need to constantly improve themselves. They remained open to making positive changes. By doing so, they inspired others to make positive changes.
6. They see opportunity in everything, including hardship.
Every great leader, just like every person, has encountered hardship. Usually the greatest leaders we know have come up against the greatest challenges. Dealing with these challenges likely gave them the strength to inspire and lead others. How they perceived and acted on these challenges is what enabled them to reap the rewards of the opportunities that inevitably followed.
7. They value others’ opinions.
Remember: leaders don’t just talk. They listen. This means they listen to and value the opinions’ of others. When others recognize that they are sincerely valued, they are more likely to do right by their leaders. The rewards, therefore, are twofold.
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“Do not listen with the intent to reply, but with the intent to understand.” – extramadness.tumblr via Pinterest

8. They remember this simple equation I’ve created: WISDOM + INTUITION + ACTION = MASSIVE CHANGE.
Leaders are constantly looking to improve their lives and the lives of others in massive ways. To do so, they must incorporate lessons from their own experiences and the experiences of others (wisdom) as well as their innate ability to sense what is the right next step for them from the wrong (intuition.) When the ability to take the next best step is added to the equation (action) leaders achieve MASSIVE CHANGE.
9. They walk their talk.
True leaders don’t boast about their achievements. In fact, the greatest historical leaders of all recognized the value of humility, and how such humility helped them to improve their relationships with others. Leaders do, however, often verbalize their values. But they don’t just talk about their values, or actions. They live them, day in and day out. This is what establishes trust with those that they inspire. They are similarly inspired by those that feed off of their inspiration.
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“Great leaders don’t tell you what to do. They show you how it’s done.” – BeHappy.Me via Pinterest

10. They take accountability for the actions of themselves, and their team.
True leaders do not blame others or outstanding, extrinsic circumstances for their position or actions. Rather, they take full accountability for their actions, including the actions of those that relied upon them for inspiration and leadership.
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“Great leaders don’t blame the tools they are given. They work to sharpen them.” – Simon Sinek quote from ClickTheImage.com via Pinterest

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