What do you want in a Leader?

The Leadership Challenge

I’ve just started reading The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner and found a facinating on going survey of what people look for in a leader. It lists 20 different traits and their rank. Four of these leadership qualities are consistantly ranked above 50% in the voting. (The respondants choose 7 qualties they look for in a leader out of the 20 listed.) Here is the list of leadership qualities in no particular order, which ones do you see as being the most important 7?

  • Independent
  • Honest
  • Self-Controlled
  • Forward-Looking
  • Loyal
  • Competent
  • Mature
  • Inspiring
  • Caring
  • Intelligent
  • Courageous
  • Fair-Minded
  • Ambitious
  • Broad-minded
  • Imaginative
  • Supportive
  • Determinded
  • Strightforward
  • Cooperative
  • Dependable

I’ll post the results of the survey later.


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