20 Qualities of a Great Leader

1. Integrity
"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

2. Patience
"Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." - Saadi

3. Open-Minded
"Be kind. It's worthwhile to make an effort to learn about other people and figure out what you might have in common with them. If you allow yourself to be somewhat curious - and if you get into the habit of doing that - it's the first step to being open minded and realizing that your points of view aren't totally opposite." - Viggo Mortensen

4. Optimistic
"When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic." - Charles R. Swindoll

5. Communication
"The art of communication is the language of leadership." - James Humes

6. Focus
"Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them." - Jack Canfield

7. Confidence
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale

8. Passion
"Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers." - Robin S. Sharma

9. Genuine
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

10. Persistence
"Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible." - Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

11. Transparency
"I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You've got to be truthful. I don't think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you've got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it." - Howard Schultz

12. Innovative
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs

13. Authentic
"It's authenticity that separates winners from losers, good politics from bad, and he-man leader-types from consultant-directed puppet-boys." - Thomas Frank

14. Empowering
"Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need." - Gillian Anderson

15. Insightful
"The best vision is insight." - Malcolm Forbes

16. Inspirational
"Leadership is absolutely about inspiring action, but it is also about guarding against mis-action." - Simon Sinek

17. Decisive
"The world is starving for original and decisive leadership." - Bryant H. McGill

18. Generous
"Leaders should be collaborative, modest, and generous." - Bill Bradley

19. Accountable
"Few things kill likeability as quickly as arrogance. Likable leaders don't act as though they're better than you because they don't think that they're better than you. Rather than being a source of prestige, they see their leadership position as bringing them additional accountability for serving those who follow them." - Travis Bradberry

20. Inquisitive
"I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself." - Elon Musk