Do You Know Your Leadership Character?

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What kind of leader are you? Do you know what your leadership character looks like to other people? Look at this list and see if any of these definitions sound familiar.

  • Do You Know Your Leadership CharacterAmbitious (aspiring, hardworking, striving)
  • Broad-Minded (open- minded, flexible, receptive, tolerant)
  • Caring (appreciative, compassionate, concerned, loving, nurturing)
  • Competent (capable, proficient, effective, gets the job done, professional)
  • Cooperative (collaborative, team player, responsive)
  • Courageous (bold, daring, fearless, gutsy)
  • Dependable (reliable, conscientious, responsible)
  • Determined (dedicated, resolute, persistent, purposeful)
  • Fair-Minded (just, unprejudiced, objective, forgiving, willing to pardon others)
  • Forward-Looking (visionary, foresighted, concerned about the future, sense of direction)
  • Honest (truthful, has integrity, trustworthy, has character, is trusting)
  • Imaginative (creative, innovative, curious)
  • Independent (self-reliant, self-sufficient, self- confident)
  • Inspiring (uplifting, enthusiastic, energetic, humorous, cheerful, optimistic, positive about future)
  • Intelligent (bright, smart, thoughtful, intellectual, reflective, logical)
  • Loyal (faithful, dutiful, unswerving in allegiance, devoted)
  • Mature (experienced, wise, has depth)
  • Self-Controlled (restrained, self-disciplined)
  • Straightforward (direct, candid, forthright)
  • Supportive (helpful, offers assistance, comforting)

This check list was found at Turning Potential Into Performance.


Leadership Quotes

“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.” — Peter Drucker

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”— John Buchan

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.”— Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The best is he who calls men to the best. And those who heed the call are also blessed. But worthless who call not, heed not, but rest.” — Hesiod 8th Century BC Greek poet

“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”— General Douglas MacArthur

“Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.” — Admiral James B. Stockdale

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”— General Colin Powell

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