Leaders must possess many traits that will assist them in their leadership position.  But if you were to narrow them down to three specific traits that are nonnegotiable for a leader to be defined as a success, they would be:

  1. Competency: Defined as having the necessary ability or knowledge to do something successfully, competency is not something that naturally is inherent in every leader.  It is often developed through personal study, application and experience.  A leader who is constantly developing their competency is a leader who will find their leadership to be effective for the long-term.  Anytime you quit learning is the day you quit becoming an effective leader!
  2. Character: Defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual; strength and originality in a person’s nature; or a person’s good reputation.  Character is developed through defined standards that the leader is going to live by.  Standards that are committed to personally will be the standards that will mark their leadership.  Too often the leader’s lapse in character becomes the defining characteristic that will be who they are perceived to be the rest of their leadership.  Above all, guard your character, it is the most important leadership quality you have!
  3. Concern: This not the type of concern that happens in the moment you say something to make you feel like you care about the other person, but genuine concern goes beyond mere words.  Concern can be defined as relating to; to effect or involve; to regard it as important enough to do something.  Therefore genuine concern goes beyond just saying the words, it involves action which meets the needs of others.  A leader who genuinely cares about those he leads will do whatever it takes to make sure they are taken care of!

Happy Leading!

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