According to Glenn Leibowitz, there are 13 inspiring traits of exceptional leaders. Among the traits include caring, treating others with dignity and respect, express appreciation, seek advice and input, recognize contributions and know when to apologize. Leadership is also characterized with good strategic planning skills, communication skills and people skills among others.

Recently I was promoted to a leadership role, Supervision, this impelled me to initiate an intensive research on skills and qualities needed to be a leader and then I came across the following 25 quotes from important authors and scholars that guide me through this challenging role:-

  1. If serving is below you, then leadership is beyond you. Anonymous
  2. If your leadership can’t be questioned, you are a questionable leader. Robby Gallaty
  3. The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued. Ken Robinson
  4. Great leaders believe they work for their team, average leaders believe their team works for them. Alexander Dan Heijer
  5. Followers want to be taken care of. Leaders want to take care of others. Be the leader you wish you had. Simon Sinek
  6. Leaders are responsible for creating an environment in which people feel they can be their best. Simon Sinek
  7. It takes courageous leadership to stay in the infinite game after you arrive at the top. To recognize that, regardless of how much success has been achieved, the cause is infinite. Simon Sinek
  8. The leaders who get the most out of their people are the leaders who care the most about their people. Simon Sinek
  9. Courage is not solely about the actions we take. Even infinite- minded leaders can take risks. The courage to lead is willingness to completely change our perception of how the world works. Simon Sinek
  10. The greatest legacy anyone can leave behind is to impact the lives of others. Whenever you add value to other people’s lives, you are unknowingly leaving footprints on the sands of time that live on even after your demise. Emeasoba George
  11. Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. John C. Maxwell
  12. Leadership is influence. John C. Maxwell
  13. People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. John Maxwell
  14. Leaders who possess humility are confident yet feel no need to draw attention to themselves. John C. Maxwell
  15. Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say. Andy Stanley
  16. Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation. Doris Kearns Goodwin
  17. Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and to connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives. Oprah Winfrey
  18. Your role as a leader is to bring out the best in others, even when they know more than you. Wanda Wallace
  19. Leadership is a two-way street. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.Grace Hopper
  20. The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Robert K. Greenleaf
  21. Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily even if you had no title or position. Brian Tracy
  22. The 3 C’s of leadership are: Consideration, Caring and Courtesy. Be polite to everyone. Brian Tracy
  23. The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis. Brian Tracy
  24. Great leaders are not the best at everything. They find people who are best at different things and get them all on the same team. Eileen Bistrisky
  25. The leader’s job isn’t to have all the ideas. Its to make sure all the ideas are heard and that the best one wins. Chris Hawker

I am hoping to amass knowledge and to be able to learn from my mistakes. This opportunity will give me a platform to be the better version of myself and to give more to the society.

Published by Carolyne Gitahi

Live, Love and Learn


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