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Five qualities of leadership we can all develop

I am looking at October through the lens of leadership.   John Maxwell says “Leadership is influence”        The frequency and depth of the challenges we face calls for great character of leadership.

So what are some qualities or attributes that we can all grow in and apply?    I found these 5 attributes described by Gordon Tredgold, a specialist in Transformational Leadership with extensive global and international experience , very helpful.

I like to challenge myself regarding these attributes and candidly ask “In which of these is there room for improvement in my leadership”.  Looking back over the past 6 months of the Covid Challenge, I can see some gaps!  Hopefully, it will be a value add for you too.



Having the ability to see challenges as opportunities, being able to create a positive atmosphere, having confidence in the ability of yourself and your team are great morale boosters. If you don’t believe in either yourself or your team, its hard to hide this attitude, and it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.   People tend to meet our expectations of them, so why not have positive expectations, be optimistic about the outcome and let them know. Let this become a self-fulfilling prophecy.



It’s great to set big bold goals, and have grand visions, but you have to have a realistic plan to achieve it. Otherwise, you are just setting yourself, and your team, up for failure.  Pragmatism allows you to evaluate approaches and reject those that won’t work, or are too ambitious. It will help you break down big bold goals into small achievable goals that help build confidence and momentum.



Some leaders can be rather closed in their thinking.. Closed to other cultures, closed to new ideas, closed to any ideas that are not their own. A closed attitude can be limiting, not only to the results that can be achieved but also to the opportunities that become available.    Being open doesn’t mean you have to accept everything, it just means you’re prepared to listen, learn and are open to trying new things. You still have the opportunity to reject those things that you don’t think will work, but you’re doing that from an informed perspective rather than from preconceived prejudices.



The road to successes full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and not every path you take will be the right one. I am a strong believer that you need to be firm about the goals you set, but flexible in your approach to achieving them. Knowing when to change tack is a great skill to have because persisting with an approach that doesn’t work just becomes frustrating and demoralizing to your team.


Sense of humour

Humour is a great stress reliever, and when used well it can really help to defuse difficult situations, especially self-depreciating humour where I am laughing at myself. Good humour can also help to bring a sense of fun to the workplace, and it helps put people at ease.


Building …to last



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