If You Have These 7 Personality Traits, You're 100% Leadership Material

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Leadership isn't about the position you hold or the authority you command; it doesn't matter if you're a manager, a CEO, or the president. It's about leadership qualities and leadership skills you can develop in any role you take on in life.

You can be a leader in whichever role you're in and whichever context: Home, school, work, or community.

What is leadership? It's a quality that compels people to follow, to become motivated, to feel valued, to rise to an occasion.

An effective leader is not defined by their words, but rather by their leadership style. It's someone who understands how much impact they have and accepts the challenge earnestly.

Even if you're part of a collaborative team or partnership, leadership training is required to move the goals of the group forward. Employees need someone to look up to, kids need someone to emulate, and everyone needs someone to steward the execution of the vision.

In short, the purpose of leadership is to inspire action to get things done.

Many people possess intelligence, decisiveness, drive, and other skills such as communicating, planning, and delegating, but they lack the intangibles of leadership — that is, they lack the qualities that make a difference to individuals and outcomes.

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If you have these 7 personality traits, you're definitely leadership material: 

1. You're a visionary

Some people are able to envision the future and paint such a compelling picture for others that they want to go along for the ride.

It's leadership that's purpose-driven, focused, and inspiring.

2. You're authentic

Authentic leaders deal in truth. Their words and actions are congruent, and this goes a long way in creating dependability and trust.

Besides that, being genuine makes them very likable, and someone people want to follow.

3. You're curious

A wise leader has an open mind and collects facts before coming to conclusions. They listen more than they speak and seek to understand.

This allows them to respond instead of reacting — netting the best solution while making people feel heard.

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4. You show compassion

Effective leaders know that being connected with people on an emotional level is the only way to gain their commitment and engage them. To do that, they have to be able to put themselves in someone else's shoes.

This compassion goes well beyond empathy — it's the willingness to act on their behalf to make their circumstances better. Simply put, kindness matters.

5. You're conscientious

Conscientiousness is more than doing careful, thorough, and good work. It's about taking personal responsibility and living by an inner sense of right and wrong.

Leaders will never win by cutting corners, blaming others, or dismissing morality. In fact, studies now show that conscientiousness is even a bigger predictor of success than intelligence.

6. You show courage

When a leader demonstrates courageousness, they are showing that they are optimistic in the face of obstacles.

There is an element of risk-taking, but not recklessness. They don't stop when things get tough. They rally the troops and summon the brave!

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7. You are humble

Of all of these traits, humility is the most essential and rare. Leaders who embody it get vulnerable with their people, admit their mistakes and learn from them. They're able to contain their egos and think in terms of "we."

Because they are secure in themselves and have human fallibility, they are able to freely share their power. This makes them much more influential as a result. True humility empowers others.

If you checked the boxes on this list, you're way ahead of most leaders because you truly understand the concept of true leadership.

The people around you will happily go on the journey with you, and they’ll strive to become better people and thriving contributors.

If you don't naturally possess these qualities, the good news is that you can always sharpen your growing edges and become a better leader with coaching and mentoring.

Consider whether leadership is for you — and it doesn't have to be for everyone. What motivates you to become a leader and whether you're willing to commit to the greater self-awareness, practice, and feedback necessary makes all the difference.

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Lisa Petsinis is a certified life and career coach who works with burnt-out individuals to reconnect to what matters, find their perfect work, and create more joy, meaning, and success.