One quality that a good leader would need would be that they would need to be confident. They would need to know what they were doing and be sure of their decisions. Having confidence that they were doing the right thing and to not second guess themselves. another quality a leader would need is to be assertive. people might disagree with what they have to say, so the leader would need to tell them that their decision is the right one. a third quality a leader would need is to be understanding. if someone disagreed with what they have to say, but theyre actually making a good point, the leader would have to understand that what they said is important. they cannot just dismiss what they have to say just because it contradicts their original statement.
Ava, thank you for being the brave one to go first. I would suggest adding more to your response (you are 1 sentence shy of 8) and including an example or two of a good leader that will prove your qualities true. :)
I agree with you Ava. A leader does need to be confident with their decisions as it effects the people in a positive or negative way. But I do think having order and laws is most important to establish a great leader. Keep in mind what these laws would create in a community.
I agree with you Ava. A leader needs to be confident in their decisions. But I think you should keep in mind what laws could do for a community.
I liked all of the points you made here. I feel like Nelson Mandela is a good example for your three arguments. He was confidant enough to become the first black Prime Minister of South Africa, assertive on his stance for African equality, and understanding of his rival's disagreements, no matter how biased they were.
Ava, I agree leaders do need to have confidence in order to lead properly. They would need to be able to stand up and fight for their ideas or fight against others.
I agree that confidence is an essential quality for a leader. They have to be strong and not back down to others, or they could lose their position. Looking at other influential world leaders, confidence is something they all have in common.
I agree that a leader should be both assertive and confident. A leader needs to be able to take control of his/her peers. These qualities go hand in hand to establish a stable rule and make sure situations (and citizens) stay under control. I don't think a ruler needs to be understanding. Although many would like an understanding ruler, sometimes the people feel like they have good ideas but they really don't. A ruler should be able to make decision on their own without help, especially since that's his job.
I agree with you Ava. Without confidence, a leader would not be able to effectively communicate his messages and his followers would lose their own confidence in him. Also, assertiveness is needed when followers disagree with the leaders opinion so that they can be swayed to action that will benefit the majority. Understanding is also a crucial element in a leaders set of virtues, for it allows the leader to view issues he is confronted with from multiple viewpoints.
A good leader should be wise and intelligent because he must make decisions that will benefit his people. He needs to be able to handle pressure and not flee his country when it is at a time of crisis. An example of such leader would be Abraham Lincoln. He fought the South in order to win freedom for all slaves in the U.S. He was under pressure since he could’ve split the U.S. apart instead of banishing slavery. However, he believed that his decision was the best decision for the people and went with it. Another quality a good ruler should have is that they need to be courageous. He must be able to stand up to his enemies and fight for his people. An example would be George Washington because he, with his men, fought the British army even though he was never raised to wield a weapon. Another example would be Ramses III because he defended his empire from the Sea People and the Libyans. He never ran away and left his people to suffer at the hands of their enemies; instead he waged war against them and won. Besides all of that, a good leader needs to have a vision that they are passionate about in order to spread it onwards. For example, Gandhi was passionate about defending the rights of immigrants in South Africa and freeing themselves from Great Britain by using nonviolence. He believed that, that was the right path and spread it on to the people of India. He became a beacon of light and hope for the people with his vision. Another example would Hitler. Even though lots of people dislike him today, he was still a great leader with a fiery passion for his vision. He believed that all Jewish believers should be killed and with that belief, he spread it onto thousands of other people who became his supporters. It is just like what Harry S. Truman said, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Overall, this is a great answer. It has good examples of real rulers and qualities that makes a leader a great one. I hope Connie keeps making answers with as much detail as this one.
Abraham Lincoln is a perfect example for intelligence or someone who is wise. I think he was probably the smartest president, ironically, because he was poor and took reading and writing upon himself! :)
This is a great response to the question. The qualities you listed are what is necessary of a great leader and useful to have. It was an excellent example you used for what a great leader should be. Overall, i agree with what you have to say.
Your response was very well written and had a lot of good points. I agree that those are some of the necessary qualities that a leader should have. Good job!
The qualities that make up a good leader are understanding what the people want. Doing this will ensure that the people are happy and not feeling overruled. The leader should also be brave and outgoing. This is a must because the leader needs to be able to speak well in order to be the head of the group and they need to be able to work with other people. This leader needs to be able to use problem solving among the people if any problems occur. The ruler should have rules to keep the people organized and in order and most importantly living a well lived life. The qualities of being understanding, outgoing, and having laws are the main characteristics that make up a leader. Although having rules is most important being able to communicate with the people and understand the life they want matters too.
Three qualities a leader must have to successfully control and rule over a given group of people include, but are not limited to, patience, enthusiasm, and decisiveness. An impatient, rash leader who does not think before making decisions and fails to connect with the necessary speed needed to solve certain problems ends up both unpopular with the public and selecting the wrong choices. A good leader would be patient enough to wait things out and listen to every small problem his/her people have. Having alacrity and enthusiasm for the job is also an important aspect in every effective leader. The people's actions are only a reflection of the leader's behavior; that being said, a passionate leader will evoke lively workers, and a lazy leader will only produce lethargic ones. Many people also have a tendency to be nonchalant about their futures and decisions, which can not be the case if a leader wants to rule effectively. Having the ability to make risky decisions in the toughest of times ensures that the society is at least going somewhere, whether it be in the good or bad direction. A great historical representation of these three qualities is Winston Churchill. He was the British Prime Minister and military leader during WWII, a chaotic and turbulent portion of history. Churchill and his Ally peers had to be patient with the war, forcing themselves not to stop at every lost battle but to regard it as another opening for a different solution. His dedication and perseverance with his job also influenced his nation's determination throughout the war. His keen decision-making skills determined what battles were fought, what strategies were used, and how the Allied forces eventually ended up winning the war.
I agree with all the points you have made. A leader definitely needs to be patient with others. If he is patient, he won't rush into a war that is unnecessary. Winston Churchill is also a great example. He was a phenomenal prime minister who made great decisions even at the toughest times.
I agree with these qualities! Patience and enthusiasm are very important to be a successful leader! Winston Churchhill is an awesome example because of his patience and strategies he came up with during war!
Though I do agree with the idea of what you are saying, I do not think the way you explained it fits what would really happen in a literal sense. If a leader showed enthusiasm, then the people might think that he or she enjoys having the power to make them bend at the leader's will. Your ideas are nice but I do not agree with your reasoning.
I do agree with what you said about a leader needing to have patience. However, a leader also needs to be able to act quickly and make split second decisions. The whole Isis situation needs a quick reaction or els things may get out of hand and excessive lives will be lost. Again great answer but a leader does not necessarily need patience
Yes, a leader does need to possess the ability to make split-second decisions; however, patience is a virtue, as they say. What happens if said decision that the leader makes fails miserably? He needs patience to figure out what he did wrong, and what he can change in the future when it comes to similar decisions that he must make.
I agree with what you're saying, however, I don't know about enthusiasm. The country's people may believe that an enthusiastic leader is trying to over compensate for any mistakes. Churchill was a great example, though.
I agree with of the points you have made. A good leader needs to be patient with people in order to achieve anything. Winston Churchhill is a great example of what a patient leader should be like.
In order for a leader to be successful, he/she must be able to control, have a sense of reason, and be compassionate toward their subjects. leaders must be able to control their subjects in order to be successful. In Lord of the Flies, Piggy brings up that Ralph has not kept control over the boys, and they could be anywhere on the island. Having control will keep things from running amuck and the society will be stable. Leaders must also be able to reason with their subjects and not make demands too unreasonable. When one looks at North Korea, they are constantly under high demand to work and stopping will be severly punished. If the leader has the ability to reason with his subjects, they will work better and the leader will be liked. That brings up compassion. There is a term that says it is better to be feared than loved. That is wrong. When a leader is loved, people tend to respect them more, thus resulting in better loyalty and order.
Chris, I completely agree with you about leaders having to be compassionate for their followers. If they don't care that much about the people below them, the followers wouldn't have much respect for the leaders either...not a good thing! Great response to the question!
While I agree that the leader needs to be in control I do believe that the leader does not necessarily need to be compassionate. He more likely needs to be understanding of the needs of the people. And as for the extreme work topic I do believe that some great leaders have gotten to where they were by riding others into the ground. In the case of North Korea they worship their leader as a god like entity even though he runs them ragged and ultimately shortening their lives.
I do agree with that a good leader must have control, but to have control, sometimes you need brute force and being compassionate won't cut it. Force might get you want you want, and when you are compassionate, people might start slacking off when they realize that you will not do anything to stop them. I think something a leader might need more then being compassionate is being trustworthy. If you can't trust your leader, then what's the point of him being a leader? You'll never know what he is going to do.
I do agree with that a good leader must have control, but to have control, sometimes you just need brute force and being compassionate won't cut it. Force might get you want you want, and when you are compassionate, people might start slacking off when they realize that you will not do anything to stop them. I think something a leader might need more then being compassionate is being trustworthy. If you can't trust your leader, then what's the point of him being a leader? You'll never know what he is going to do.
I do agree that a leader must be able to control their subjects, a compassionate leader may also be a dead leader. While being liked by his/her own subjects, they may too become too soft against their enemy. Also, being too compassionate toward their subjects may become counter-productive. They may think that they can get away with crimes, and other things that they wouldn't be able to with a harsher ruler, and the leader's country, civilization, group, etc., will suffer as a result.
Any great leader must have the compassion to care for their people. United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt showed this compassion. During the Great Depression, he helped any way he could. He gave food to the homeless and established organizations to help the citizens of America such as Social Security. This man also had the second thing a great leader needed, the strength to make hard decisions. If a house needed to be destroyed for a highway, a great leader would allow it to happen, knowing that it is the best thing to do for the people as a whole. Roosevelt created the design of the interstate in times of war to mobilize troops throughout the country. It was a great transportation method, but the problem was that houses needed to be destroyed to make room for the new roads. He went through with the plan knowing people would be upset, but in the end, the country would benefit. The third thing a great leader needed, accepting responsibility, this was also possessed by Roosevelt. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he took responsibility to make sure that it would never happen again to his country. He took charge and kept his promise to America, he protected it. Great leaders accept the challenges that come by taking responsibility, having compassion, and good decision-making.
In order for a leader to be considered "good", they should possess three important qualities, including friendliness, patience, and intelligence. Most leaders should have great social skills and be able to have a positive attitude no matter is going on, even if it is negative. Being friendly with others keeps your status with others good, and people will continue to look up to you. Having patience is also important, because by not putting up with certain behaviors or even talking more than listening, chaos is bound to break out and your leadership could therefore be diminished. Lastly, intelligence is the most vital part of being a leader. Knowing information that others may not or simply knowing more puts you at an advantage, because you Re constantly teaching others what you already know. A leader is there as a role model to follow so that the "followers" are led on the right path and are kept in order. Leaders that possess these qualities include Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. Martin Luther King Jr. peacefully protested, showing others that violence is not needed in protesting, being a positive example to others. His patience with the white people harassing him and friendliness got him very far in his leadership. Abraham Lincoln is known as one of our most beloved presidents, especially for his honesty and intelligence. Though he was raised poor, he gained a lot of knowledge over the years to ultimately teach others and help him rule the United States.
I think you took it home when you said a leader must be patient, friendly, and intelligent. I thought your examples, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, were pretty on point. A leader must possess these qualities or else they wouldn't be considered a "good leader".
I truly, without a doubt, agree with the characteristics that you listed above. Those qualities alone will make a superb leader, and obviously from your very fitting examples, like MLK Jr., proved to be correct in the course of history.
Your point about leaders ensuring followers are on the right path is a critical point. This stresses that responsibility goes hand in hand with leadership.
While there are many qualities that can outline a good leader, the three attributes that are very important are the ability to have full control, the ability to think quickly in a stressful situation, and the comprehension of human nature to ultimately use that to get their own way. The need for absolute dominance is necessary as humans tend to disobey a weak order. This dominance will allow the leader to quickly disband and rebellion and bring the people together in a time of crisis. While Joseph Stalin's methods were not the best he was able to maintain dominance over his citizens. He had created an over obedient society that lasted for around 50 years, long after his death. As for being able to think fast this is very important during times of crisis. As the civilization falls into disarray which happens often, the leader has to be able to think of solutions before problems get out of hand essentially nipping the problem in the bud. Two men John Kennedy and Richard Nixon did this incredibly. John Kennedy had used quick thinking during the Cuban missile crisis immediately creating an embargo ring around Cuba as well as putting pressure on Russia to withdraw their missiles. As well Richard Nixon had used this while reciting his checkers speech. What he did was outline al his personal finances after being under fire for embezzling from a political fund. Nixon had done the impossible by stating he was a simple man of humble means and calling out all politicians to state their finances in front of the nation effectively calling some cowards and taking away the glory the others would get for stepping forward. As for comprehension of human nature this is important to make sure the leader is one step ahead of everybody else. Essentially being the smartest one in the room without stating it. Ronald Reagan was a master of this skill. He successfully used it to win him two elections and get his way on the Mx missile program. Reagan used the English language to give answers that would satisfy anyone in the room but the answers would be vague enough for him to go back and change a policy to his wishes when the majority agreed with him. He was truly a master of his craft as he used this same technique to put himself in the households of every family during his campaign.
Richard Nixon was impeached.
When I think of a leader, he needs to be able to focus on his strengths. They focus on the strengths in themselves and on the strengths in others. One known fact is that strong people have far more weaknesses than they have strengths. You can never achieve greatness when try to make your weaknesses better. But you can become an amazing person by identifying your areas of great potential strength and by then focusing all of your energies on becoming great in those few areas. Another quality a good leader should have is being a role model. He should be the kind of person that everyone else looks up to and wants to be like. Effective leaders carry themselves at all times, even when no one is watching, as if everyone was watching. Also, good leaders would want to be trusted by their citizens.Trust is the quality that binds all relationships together. The willingness and ability to trust the leader that you look up to is absolutely essential to your ability to perform at your very best. One person that showed this very well was George Washington. If nobody trusted him, then no one would want him to be their general. And if nobody trusted him, then the attack of the British troops on Christmas Day would have been a waste because no one would wanted to come because they couldn't trust him on that that attack would be successful.
Your point about working on your strengths instead of your weaknesses was insightful. I agree with you. It is far better to work to improve areas that you display natural ability.
While there are many traits a leader must have in order to be considered a "good" leader, the three that stand out the most are the honesty, confidence, and ability to see the grand scheme of things. A leader may not be popular with these traits, but popularity doesn't matter much. Honesty is important as people most likely need to be told what they need to hear and not what they want to hear. With an honest leader, people aren't lead on with false hope brought on by a ruler who doesn't want reality to effect his or her's numbers. Lincoln was, in his time, a very unpopular president, but he never lied to his people. Confidence is also important in leaders. With a confident leader people begin to regain faith in their country. Winston Churchill, for example. His confidence that they (England and the Allies) would win WWII feed off on the people, and they regained hope in themselves. Lastly, the ability to see the whole picture is important. If a president constantly pacifies his or her's people, then he or she will slowly lose more and more control over the people. If Harry S. Truman had never made the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the war would have dragged on and on until both sides would have obliterated each other. This may have seemed like a bad decision at the time, but in the end it stopped a lot more pointless deaths from happening.
Three very good points. If politicians were not trying for reelection I think we would have more "honest" politicians.Winston Churchill was a good example of an inspirational leader during the tough time of WWII. Being able to see the grand scheme of things ties in both wisdom and experience, which are key to the success of a leader.
In order to be a good leader, one must posses three important qualities which are responsibility, confidence, and motivation. Responsibility is a key trait when it comes to being an effective leader because one must be organized and able to handle situations in a responsible manner. Since the leader is in charge, he is responsible for making all the decisions and getting things done to benefit his team or group. Confidence is a very important part of being a good leader. Teammates, classmates, or followers simply can not believe in a positive outcome or in themselves if their leader doesn't. Leading by example is a critical part of representing people. Your followers want to be like you so you must be confident with your ability or reasoning so that your followers will be too. One can not achieve a goal without believing that they can. Motivation is what inspires people to push beyond what they are capable of to achieve ultimate success. A leader must have the capacity to motivate not only the people around them, but themselves as well. George Washington is an example of a responsible leader. During the American Revolution, Washington had to be in control of managing many troops. He had to provide supplies, discipline, communication, and organization which takes an immense amount of responsibility. Martin Luther King Jr. once said "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." This was a motivational quote from a leader who created success without using violence. Martin Luther motivated people by his words that one day African Americans would have freedom. A leader must be a role model and in order for this, responsibility, confidence, and motivation are required to be successful.
Marisa I completely agree with you on your three reasons. Never in history have we had an immature leader and there is a reason for that. Confidence was one of my points and I like how you said they cannot believe in themselves or a positive outcome if their leader does not. I really like how you used Martin Luther King as an example for motivation because he was able to start an entire movement from his opinions.
I agree that a leader must be have these qualities. To make important decisions, one must be motivated and have confidence behind their actions. George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. were both very responsible and confident in their roles during tough times. Their motivation came from others and the need for freedom, which was important to everyone they were fighting for.
A leader who is motivated and can motivate others is a really good point. The use of the Martin Luther King Jr. quote backed up this idea really well. He is a perfect example for a successful leader!
I think all of the attributes you used are necessary qualities in leadership. The quote by by Martin Luther King Jr. really solidified your argument. Motivation and confidence are embedded in natural leaders and are great example of how a leader emerges. :)
For a leader to be successful they need to be understanding to the problems of the people, confident in themselves as a leader, and strict so no one will oppose them. Being understanding is a necessity because a leader who does not understand what their people are going through can not possibly help them. Also, like Captain America in the Avengers movie, a leader must know what others are capable of doing and trust them enough to lean upon them when needed. A good leader must be able to trust themselves to do what the public needs as well as understand what they need. A leader who questions themselves can not do anything because they will be open to abuse by the people who disagree. As much as the people like a leader who can be swayed by their opinions, to be successful in any power position, a leader has to be strict so no one will oppose them. For example, King Joffrey from Game of Thrones was a very strict leader and never let anyone get away with anything. Though he was too quick to torture and kill, a less violent approach would fit a leader nicely.
Three quality's a good leader should possess are courage, confidence, and intelligence. Cowards aren't any good at leading people; a leader must have the courage to do dangerous and life threatening tasks. He/she cant tell other people to go put their life at risk while the supposed "leader" is sitting back watching. An example of this would be president Dwight D. Eisenhower. He served in the United States Army and was on active duty during World War I and World War II. Even though he wasn't serving while he was in office, He still showed that he would protect, defend, and lead his nation. Leaders must also be confident in their decisions. if a leader is second-guessing himself, it instills doubt in the minds of his/her followers about their ability to lead. Finally a leader must be in control of his people. If the leader doesn't have control of his "subjects" per say, then he/she is not truly a leader. In that case the only power they hold would be the title of leader. A civilization without a leader who has control over his/her people is sure to collapse into anarchy.
Wow, Dwight D. Eisenhower! Way to be Tom, thinking outside the box! like you saying that the leader has to practice what he preaches; that actually is true. I have to say, though, sometimes a leader has to second-guess himself. I mean you have to be confident, but you don't want a leader who's impulsive. All in all, great work Tom and I look forward to reading more of your blog posts in the future!!!
Tom- I agree with your choices of confidence and intelligence, but I believe the sort of courage you are referencing is a quality not as relevant in our modern society. The courage to stay strong under great pressure would be useful, but actually risking one's life would probably risk a lot more harm than the potential good it could do for the leader's reputation. There are much safer ways a leader could show that they are right there with their citizens. Actions taken early in the leader's rule to improve the government could work just as well or better than adopting the somewhat outdated "warrior-king" appeal.
I agree with what Riley said about leaders needing to have control over their people. However the blog is supposed to be about quality's good leaders have. This is just my opinion, but I personally wouldn't say that Joseph Stalin was a good leader. I'm pretty sure you could find a better example of a good leader who had control over his people.
There are a variety of qualities a leader can have to be considered a "good" leader, but three of the most important would have to be being able to take control of situations, quick thinking, and also good with tactics. While many seem to believe a leader should be patient and understanding, realistically in the world today, that will never benefit the leader themselves. A leader needs to be able to take control of situations that pop up or unexpectedly occur. Without being able to do this, the leader will fail their area by letting things slip through their hands and will create anarchy. Quick thinking is also a beneficial quality to have as a leader. Quick thinking is a great quality to have because many tough situations will surface and quick decisions will need to be made. Having a leader who lacks quick thinking skills will kill leaders area, and will not help anyone. Lastly, a leader should be tactical. Although tactical seems to go along with quick thinking, it's very different and just as important. Tactics take time to plan out, so it's not based off of quick decisions. A leader needs to know how to make good, stable plans to (ex.) attack an area or even to take over somewhere. Julius Caesar is a good example of both a good leader with good tactics. He is known was one of the most genius leaders to have ruled, and he was very well known for his battle tactics. In the end, he conquered almost all of Western Europe, and it was because he had good tactics and made smart, quick decisions on and even off the battlefield.
In order for a leader to be considered "good" they must obtain at least three good qualities that, in my opinion, should be patience, confidence, and intelligence. As a leader, you must be patient because if you are not, important things can be rushed and there could be mistakes made. When mistakes are made there could be bigger problems that can occur. A person that exemplifies patience is my soccer coach Charles Eggavari. He is patiently waiting for his team to have a successful season. Also, to have success as a leader you must be an intelligent person. Being intelligent is helpful because it assists you in making the right decisions quickly. A leader that is known for his great knowledge is Abe Lincoln. He did once say "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe". This quote shows intelligence because when he says "I will take the first four sharpening the axe" that represents planning something out. The other two hours is when he actually going to do what he planned. Lastly, having confidence is an extremely important factor to being a leader. Without confidence you may make the wrong decisions without a care. This can lead to an abundance of mistakes. If the choices made are not confident then you second guess yourself. Second guessing yourself is never good. A leader who portrays the quality of having confidence is Martin Luther King Jr. He showed confidence because he was a black man preaching is beliefs. Everything he said he said with confidence especially in his I have a Dream speech. He put what he believed on paper and read it to millions of people.
I completely agree on the subject of Charlie Egervari. He is patient enough to not yell at his team. In the end, it has led them to victory.
A good leader is not just simply defined as a person who is in charge or makes up rules for a group to follow. There are many traits that a good leader must have in order to succeed in whatever he or she sets out to accomplish. Some of these qualities are being compassionate and empathetic, trustworthy, and be intelligent. In order to gain power and the trust of your subjects, it is extremely vital to empathize with people. It will show them that not only does the person who will represent them care, but they also want to do everything in their power to make things as comfortable as possible. Trust is one of the foundations of building relations with people and other nations or trade partners, it goes hand in hand with being compassionate. If you can trust a leader, that means that they are doing something correctly. Finally, one of the most important characteristics that a great leader will have to have is intelligence. Being educated and well-spoken will help you convince people to trust you, and it will definitely assist in keeping power. A few amazing leaders in the past came from all sorts of backgrounds, but all shared these few key qualities. John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi are just a handful of the greatest leaders in history. They all used compassion and intelligence to further themselves and truly help their countries and causes in more ways that one.
There are a few qualities that are essential for any good leader to possess. The first is they must be knowledgeable. There is nothing worse than a leader blindly giving orders on an issue they are uninformed on. Often these reckless actions can have detrimental consequences for a group. An example of this is in the early days of the Christian church. Kings would assign bishops based on old debts and alliances, completely disregarding the fact that many of these men were not religious. These bishops were ineffective and actually harmful since instead of guiding their followers in Christian ways they tended to be corrupt and power-hungry. A good leader also must be selfless. They must put the needs of the group above their own desires. If the people feel they are being ignored by those in charge they will want to overthrow the current leaders. This leads to chaos and unrest which counters unity, which is one of the main goals of a leader. An example of this is the French Revolution. King Louis XVI was ignoring his citizens while they starved and died. When his followers came to him and pleaded for food they were denied, even though the king had large supplies of food in his palace. The people the decided to rebel and eventually kill the king. This lead to years of death and mayhem throughout France. Another key aspect of a leader is they must be skilled at delegating. If everyone is given a small part to play in a goal, the task will get done much faster, making the group a more effective unit. Relating this to a car factory, cars will be produced faster if everyone has their own specialty, perhaps the engine, or brakes, or body. This is much more effective than every person trying to do every part of a car alone. A leader must realize his followers strengths and weaknesses and assign them to a position where they are best fitted. A leader must also must be good at compromising and negotiating. These talents will come in handy when two people or groups are unable to reach an agreement on an issue. The leader must help to resolve the issue in a way that is not bias to either side and is fair. These talents also are useful when negotiating with other groups or nations. A leader must use these skills to reach agreements with other groups to benefit the people within their own group.
Terrific response, Thomas!
In order for someone to be a successful leader, someone must possess certain qualities. If anyone is going to lead a group of people they need to be confident, optimistic and honest. When someone leads a group of people, they have to be confident. People do not want someone who isn't sure of what's going to happen. Most people want someone who is sure of their choices and themselves. Optimism is also a quality that should be possessed because if there is a group of people, they aren't going to want to hear negativity. People in general like to be reassured that things are going to work out for the better. But, if the person they're following is being negative and pessimistic, they're not going want them as a leader. The third quality that a leader should hold is honesty. When a leader lies to a group of followers he or she are give false accusations. Leaders don't want their integrity degraded or ruined if they're found lying or simply not telling the exact truth and people only want the truth. A leader that possess such qualities would have been someone like Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela had once believed in himself and the men and women that followed him with great confidence. People had said he most often had a smile on his face and he always looked for the best and good in things; that he wasn't a pessimist. Mandela was also honest with his followers, he fought against racial discrimination and didn't lie about what was going on. He saw the truth and spoke the truth.
Sydney, I feel as though the characterics you have chosen to write are needed qualities as well as true statements as to what skills a leader should obtain. Even though I have written different ideas, such as having experience, having no fear, and being a good listener, you have affectivity gotten your point across to make me believe your ideas are the most important for a leader. Good job! :)
A good leader needs to be fearless, ambitious, and confident. They cannot be afraid of how people will react to the decision they have made. In order to effectively lead, one must be determined to do what is best for the group. They must be ambitious enough to work towards a goal, but not stupid enough to set an unreachable goal. Confidence is necessary in leadership because you don't want the person in charge doing anything half-heartedly. You go all out or you don't do it at all. A perfect example of a leader through his actions is Jackie Robinson. While he may not have led a physical "team", he led the way for African-American's in sport. He was fearless; the abuse he received from players and fans was endless, but he toughed it out. He was ambitious enough to stick with baseball and his dream to play in the MLB, and confident enough in his ability to get him there. Jackie Robinson pretty much encompassed every quality necessary in being a strong leader.
Nice example of Jackie Robinson. He truly was an inspiration to African-Americans everywhere and he possessed the qualities of a great leader.
While I do agree with you on some points, there are some that I avidly disagree with. While it can be idiotic of a leader to set unattainable goals, sometimes it has to be done. Granted, said goals musn't be too terribly unrealistic, otherwise the public will assume that a.) The leader doesn't know what he is doing, or b.) He is a completely imbecilic liar. I completely agree with you, though, about needing to try to accomplish goals whole-heartedly. Where would we be if, even in his most hopeless times, our late President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, didn't whole-heartedly keep his spirits up during WWII and the Depression? "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
I agree! I feel that a leader does need to be fearless in order to be considered "good" one. However, I feel that intelligence is a better attribute because a leader needs to be able to come up with tactics and decisions that would affect others for the better. But keep up the good work!
A good leader must possess strong qualities. The three most important assets are hardworking, reasonability, and good communication skills. To be a good leader, one must be willing to work very hard and do whatever it takes to get the best for their people. They must also listen to others’ opinions in order to know what people would like. To do this, a good leader has to communicate well with everyone. Communication is key to doing what is best. A leader who has shown all of these qualities is Martin Luther King Jr. To organize protests of the scale that he did, he had to know what African Americans as a whole wanted. He put in hours of hard work to ensure that he would be able to initiate change in society. Communication was a huge part of what he did. He not only had to get others’ ideas on situations, but he had to put together many extremely powerful speeches too. Martin Luther King Jr. proved that he had exceptionally great leadership skills, which paid off by creating a huge change in America.
I agree with you, Heather, those are all three good qualities that a leader should possess. What you said about a leader having to listen to one's opinion is also a good point. I also liked how you brought in Martin Luther King Jr. because you are correct, he did cause a huge change in America.
The three qualities that a leader must posses in order to be considered good would be intelligence, confidence, and acceptance . If someone wants to take the challenge of being a leader they must have intelligence, including common sense and book sense. Having intelligence will help a leader make decisions when needed and help their citizens. A good example of someone who has intelligence would be Abraham Lincoln. He used his common sense to make life changing decisions that were done in the best interest of his people. He also took ideas from other to add to his knowledge and taught himself over the years to become a better leader. The reasons why a good leader would need to be composed of confidence would be because if they are not self-assured, than they will not do the best they can. In the end it will not be well for the people if their leader is not poised enough to make decisions on their own. A leader in history that had major levels of confidence is Martin Luther King. He had to stand in front of thousands of people to share his ideas on the racism problems taking place at the time. If Luther had never had confidence in himself to make that famous speech, history would be very different and the separation between whites and colored people may still exists. Lastly, a leader must contain the ability to accept new ideas. By this I mean a leader should not just have one plan in mind. Instead they should be open to new ideas from people so they can get a different perspective on the issue at hand. Someone I know that has this ability would be my soccer coach, Miss Salvatore. She is always asking the players for their thoughts on the game or activity we are doing. She is accepting of constructive criticism from us so that she is able to change and become a better soccer coach for us.
Three qualities a leader would need to have to in order to fufill his or her leadership role are honesty, commitment, and fairness. Any leader needs to be able to commit to any idea he may have or any fight he may be in. If he/she does commint to anything nothing will get done. Honesty is very important when it comes to leading. If anyone catches their leader in a lie they lose trust and stop following them. In a leardership role he or she must be fair. Learders who are prejudice or show favoritism your followers may stop beilving in you and leave your leadership.One person who showed fairness was Abraham Lincoln. Although many of the people, from back when he was president, direspected the African Americans. Even though this was happening President Lincoln treated those people with respect and fairness.
Your response was very well written and had a lot of good points. I agree that those are some of the necessary qualities that a leader should have. Good job:)
In order for a leader to be successful, the three qualities he must have are people skills, persistence, and focus. A leader is always in contact with other humans, whether that includes the people helping him or members of the society that he is controlling. He should be able to interact and relate to the citizens on a personal level, so they believe in and have confidence in him. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi helped guide India to freedom from colonial rule in 1947. He was so passionate about helping his country that he led the people in peaceful protests and showed how effective they could be. By leading by example, he gained respect and trust from his followers. It is also important for a leader to be persistent and to fight for the benefit of the people. A successful leader would be determined to accomplish a goal, even though it might not be easy. An example of a leader who possessed this quality would be Nelson Mandela. Despite being sent to prison for 30 years, he still devoted his life to uniting his country, which he accomplished after he was released. Finally, when in a position of authority, that person should be focused on the problems he is faced with and work to fix them. The people should be able to trust that whoever represents them is in control of the task at hand and will concentrate on what needs to be done.
There are many qualities that create a good leader. Three characteristics that are essential to achieve the status of an extraordinary leader are to be honorable, courageous, and compassionate. When looking for someone to lead, people look for the qualities such as honesty, respectable, and ethical. These attributes make up an honorable person. An example of an individual that possesses this trait is Thomas Moore. He was a brilliant student and served in a period of great turmoil under King Henry VIII. Eventually, after serving as a diplomat, he was given the title of Lord Chancellor. Moore presided over the conflict that divided the Catholic Church and England, resulting in the formation of the Church of England. When King Henry demanded Moore sign a treaty declaring him head of the Catholic Church, knowing it would cost his life, Moore went along with his beliefs and refused. By doing this, he earned the respect of his peers, and showed that a true leader would accept their fate and stand strongly with their beliefs. Martin Luther King believed in the dream of equality and became a great leader because he expressed so much compassion for all people. He was inclusive in believing that equality was a right not a privilege. Dr. King was a visionary with a devoted following because he was not afraid to show his compassion for the oppressed and the minority. Many times in history great leaders must endure one of the greatest virtues of all, courage. An example of one such leader who possessed this strength is John McCain. John McCain served as a troop leader in Vietnam. He and his fellow soldiers were imprisoned for more than five years. When offered the chance at freedom after being beaten and tortured for years, he turned down his chance and offered the opportunity to the other soldiers. This is an example of remarkable leadership and courage that few people possess. Leadership consists of so many attributes that define great people throughout history. These historical figures will continue to shape future leaders of our world.
To be considered a “good” leader, one must be selfless, confident, and intelligent. It is their responsibility to look out for the people, who should be the top priority. A leader must make decisions based on what would benefit the community as a whole, rather than himself. Martin Luther King Jr. is a perfect example. Although he was endangering his life by demanding equality and pursuing nonviolence, he did what needed to be done to help the people that were not treated as equals. Confidence is also essential for leaders because without it, people may begin to lose faith. If the leader of a group shows uncertainty, the rest of the community will begin to feel nervous as well. People look up to their leaders, so they need to be brave and always think positively. In the Battle of Puebla, the French army had no doubt that their 6,000 trained soldiers would defeat the small Mexican army of 2,000 men. Mexico’s leader, General Zaragoza, could have easily admitted defeat and not even engaged in battle. However, he never doubted himself or his men, which resulted in victory. One last quality a leader must possess is intelligence. A leader needs to calculate every move, and cannot make rash decisions and jeopardize the people. Odysseus was proven to be an intelligent leader during the Trojan War. The Greeks had to figure out a way to invade Troy, so Odysseus came up with a plan. He built a giant wooden horse, hid soldiers inside, and gave it to the Trojans after “backing down.” That night the Greeks broke out and destroyed the city, which in turn ended the war. Instead of running blindly into battle, Odysseus carefully planned every move and was victorious.
For a leader to be effective, they must understand their group/nation's situation, have a structured, solid plan in mind to improve it, and always be flexible. Without an accurate understanding of the state of their domain, a leader cannot effectively manage it and make strides towards its improvement. This understanding, and the demonstration of it, can also be useful in making oneself seem more relatable to the general public. Once they have acquired this first trait, they can begin to work on the second one. With the aforementioned knowledge, a plan of action can be worked out. If a strong plan is not created in advance, actions of the leader will be rushed and it will cause those under his command to panic and doubt his adequacy. The plan, even if situations are drastically altered, will always come in handy more than no preparation whatsoever. Although it is not favorable, a leader must also be able to make good decisions on the spot and be flexible, because the world is an unpredictable place, and a leader must always be able to respond to his environment immediately to appear powerful to his citizens and keep a hold of the situation. I believe a leader that had all of these qualities was Abraham Lincoln. He understood the atmosphere of the United States at the time of his election, knew that slavery needed to be abolished, but was tactful. He was extremely careful about the topic of slavery at first because he did not want to appear an extremist, but once it became apparent that emancipation was well supported, and the opportune moment came, Lincoln enacted his plan. He was flexible in that he allowed his plan to move according to the attitudes of the citizens towards abolitionism, and because it was shaped by the people like this, it came at the perfect moment.
I agree that Abe Lincoln was a great leader. He definitely was known for his leadership skills. I do agree that he was a very flexible leader.
To be a good leader, one must be charismatic. Charisma is important because with it comes supporters. In Lord of the Flies, Ralph was chosen to be the leader because of his charisma, where Piggy, who is much more suited to be a leader, lacks charisma and is never respected. Not only must a leader be charismatic, they must be decisive. Decisiveness is vital because a leader must be able to make difficult decisions and be confident to carry them through. President Truman needed to be decisive when deciding to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He stood by these decisions and they eventually they led to the Japanese surrendering and an Allied victory. Finally, a leader must be able to protect his followers. Benjamin Netanyahu has done a relatively good job of keeping Israel safe from the countless hostile nations surround it, making him a good leader.
Throughout history, great civilizations have been lead by great leaders who posses the same attributes. These character traits include intelligence, the ability to be fearless, and quick reaction times. If a leader is intelligent, then they can make educated decisions about the tasks at hand. For example, 10 great presidents, such as both Roosevelts, went to Harvard alone. If a leader is fearless, then they will not hesitate to make a decision for fear of being wrong. An example of this was the choice FDR made of joing the second World War. He knew backlash would ensue, but he believed it was the right thing to do to protect American honor. Lastly, If a leader cannot respond to a situation with haste, then can they truly protect their people? No, as evident with the Emperors of the late Roman period. They were timid and that opened up the door for foreign occupation. The traits are what contribute to great leaders.
In order for a leader to be considered good, they must contain qualities which would make them a good leader. They are patience, intelligence, and focus. A leader needs to be patient because if they a rushing trying to get things done faster than needed, it may not come out correctly. For example if the leader wanted to build something very quick, it may not come out correctly making it look disoriented and needing to be redone. Also this could lead to poor decision making from them like jumping into war too early and it ends up being unnecessary. Being intelligent may the most important quality to have. If they are an idiot leader than the people will not like him and almost all of their decisions would be poor. Another reason for intelligence is for during war. If they are a genius war general then they can gain much land quickly. An example a great leader like this is Alexander the Great. His was tutored by Aristotle, and this led to his wisdom which translated to war. Last but not least a leader must be focused. If a leader is not focused then nothing will get done. They could keep putting off an assignment that must be done like training and army or something related to that and then they could get attacked losing their land and everything with it.
There are many attributes that make a good leader, some of them being quick thinking, confidence, and intelligence. When a bad situation arises, it is up to the leader to be able to reassure his/her people not to panic. Not only that, but also to be able to then think of a solution to the problem as well. Although, without having intelligence, a leader won’t be able to solve these problems and his leadership will falter. An intelligent leader is one who succeeds. Finally, a leader must be confident in in every situation, regardless of the person’s own fears or thoughts. Without expressing confidence to his/her people, the group will fall apart. But just confidence won’t allow a leader to be successful. All three of these characteristics must be combined inside one particular leader in order for that person to be considered a good leader. One person in history who had all of these characteristics was George Washington. As a commander, he had to be intelligent and quick thinking to be a successful strategist, and also confident o show his people under his command that he believes that chaos and fear will not strike them. Although many other characteristics can define a good leader, these three are the most important, especially when put together.
Three qualities that a leader must have are compassion, courage, and authority. Compassion is necessary for a leader who is able to effectively hear and address his followers needs. Without courage, the leader would find himself/herself unable to defend the rights of the weak. Also, authority is necessary if a leader wishes to maintain order among his constituents and not get overthrown. An example of good leader is Ghandi who fought for the civil rights of Indians, who were being abused by the European colonists. Through courage to defend the weak and compassion for those he was seeking freedom from, Ghandi was able to liberate his country. A great example of authority in a leader is when in the novel Lord of the Flies Ralph confronts Jack multiple times, two including when he demanded why Jack had sent the others off and left himself alone to hunt and when Ralph had confronted Jack with an unwavering aura of authority about why he had let the fire go out. A leader who can not muster compassion, courage nor authority is not a leader at all.
Three qualities a good leader should possess is confidence, determination, and a sense of calm. Confidence would be an important attribute because a leader would need to be sure that they are doing the right thing and also to instill confidence in their people. Determination would be a key factor as well because a good leader shouldn't back down from a difficult obstacle. They would need to be determined to do the right thing for their people. This will show the people the loyalty demonstrated to them by their leader. Lastly, a sense of calm would be important because in an emergency situation the people are looking for a sense of guidance and direction. If a leader in panicking, the people will too, so the leader needs to be a role model to his people and remain calm during tough situations. An example of a leader that possesses these qualities is Martin Luther King. During his time of leadership, he was confident in the direction he was sending his followers in which was to fight for equality. He also demonstrated determination by not giving up even when faced with an obstacle such as jail and violence. He showed his followers to never back down and to keep fighting. Lastly, he demonstrated the quality of a sense of calm by continuing to protest even when bombings and violence occurred. He told his people to keep fighting for what was right and to not fight back with violence.
In order for anyone to be a strong leader, one must possess certain qualities and attributes. Firstly, the ability to speak to crowds is a major factor in gaining popularity and support. A notable example of a good speaker was Adolf Hitler, who had managed to rally the German people behind his message of a future German utopia. Although he had committed terrible atrocities against humanity, Hitler’s ability to attain such power and popularity with the German people from his remarkable speeches and rallies was truly a remarkable feat.
Another important attribute for a leader to have is the ability to take action when it is necessary. Recently, Vladimir Putin has been in the news for invading Ukraine. This was a true act of power and dominance, as Putin had received many sanctions and threats by several different countries during the invasion, but none of that had stopped the leader from continuing his efforts and remaining committed to his cause.
Finally, a leader must be able to be considerate of different social classes and political views when making decisions. For example, with Barack Obama and various governors around the United States pushing for gun control, there has not been any complete outlawing of guns anywhere. Although these leaders may consider this to be the best option for gun violence to be reduced in the United States, they take into consideration the opposing sides on the debate who believe that it is their constitutional right to bear arms, no matter how deadly. Because of their regard for how strongly opposing sides feel about this issue, politicians cannot completely ban guns; the response from conservative gun-owners would be harsh and potentially violent.
Great response. Is there a leader out there that possesses all 3 of these qualities at once? It seems 2 out of your 3 leaders (although some may argue a full sweep) have been dangerous leaders.
There are a number of qualities a leader should possess in order to be considered a “good leader.” These attributes include intelligence, confidence, and trustworthiness. A leader needs to intelligent when it comes to leading others. They need to be smart enough to calm the citizens down when danger strikes at a moment’s notice. The intelligence a leader contains is essential to the prosperity of a nation. A good leader needs to be confident in his/her decisions no matter how drastic it may seem. A good leader needs to make decisions that they feel is the right thing to do without any form of regret when issuing them. This would give citizens hope that the leader knows what he/she is doing when saying the choices he/she had made that could affect the nation overall. Without confidence a good leader would be non-existent. Trustworthiness is a very important attribute to have for a good leader. A trustworthy leader would convince the people to respect and follow whatever the leader says. Also, a trustworthy leader can make certain choices that might seem dangerous at first, but can change the heart of the civilians when they realize that there leader knows what to do. Martin Luther King Jr is considered to be a good leader because of his intelligence, confidence, and the amount of trustworthiness he contained. He was intelligent because he knew the issue at hand with segregation and he tried to convince others to treat the black people equally. His intelligence also gained him many followers because segregation was such a bad issue at the time that something needed to be changed. He was also very confident with his decisions because he wanted everyone to be equal. In his I Have a Dream speech, he showed tremendous amount of confidence when he stood up and emphasized the right to freedom in the US. He was also very trustworthy and this led to him gaining a number of followers that he lead until the end of segregation in the US. There are many attributes that make up a good leader, however intelligence, confidence, and trustworthiness are the most important. Without these qualities, a “good leader” would be difficult to find and many of the planet’s nations would not exist.
3 qualities a leader must possess is the ability to control a society, have followers, and have a backround in control. This is because without the ability to control society everyone will surely cause chaos. A leader must also have a previous following to ensure he has loyal supporters to keep him in control. Lastly, if a leader has not had previous experience in the topic of control they will not know how to handle themselves in control.
There are many different types of leaders in the world. For example, Jack, in "Lord of the Flies", is the leader of the chorus at his school and the senior on the volleyball team, it the captain. These two people give the first characteristic of what a good leader should include. The two leaders I have just listed are both the most experienced and best at their specific talent. Jack can sing up to a C-Sharp and the captain on the volleyball team has played all four years of high school. The people look up to these two leaders because of their achieved abilities. A leader should also not have fear of anything. This leader should be able to go in and be able to stick up for his people with out having shame of anything. Martin Luther King Jr. is a perfect example of not having fear. He stuck up for the blacks because he was done talking the underhand on everything. He was proud to be who he was and stuck of for the people who were to afraid of what color their skin was. In a sense, Martin Luther became a leader of the blacks because if his confidence. The final characteristic I believe that a good leader should have is being a good listener. If a the leader is not able to understand the problems of the people, then there shouldn't be a leader at all. It would be someone who was there for show if he/she did not actually fix the problems that lay ahead. If the person in charge does not obtain these three certain characteristics then there is no point. It would be a the people leading themselves and no more.
Leaders are ones that people cannot live without. Without leadership, the whole world would eventually turn to anarchy. Nobody would listen or respect each other. There would be no structure and organization. Therefore, good leaders with strong characteristics are essential. One strong quality that a leader should possess is how to respond in any situation. Everyday challenges and barriers will always be present and a good leader has to know how to overcome them. For example, George W. Bush was president when America faced a horrific tragedy on September 11, 2001. Everyone was very frightened and anxious after that day. Many were grieving lost loved ones. President Bush knew what he had to do, so he went to NYC and told the people they would find out who did this and justice would be served. President Bush took a stand and assured everyone that the nation would survive and go on. Another great quality a leader should possess is bravery. Leaders cannot have any fear -- even if they know what may be ahead. This means that leaders have to take a stand and express their opinions. A great example are the slaves that escaped from slavery and had gone back to lead other slaves to freedom. Leading slaves to freedom was a very risky and dangerous job, and many knew the harsh consequences if there were caught. By leading the journey to freedom, it showed bravery and willingness to sacrifice to do what is right. Lastly, another distinct trait a leader must have is trustworthiness, especially when running for a political position. It does not matter if you are the running for the president or the governor of Connecticut people want to know you are loyal and respect their decisions and opinions. For example, before mass media, politicians had to talk to people one on one in order to gain their trust. Lyndon B. Johnson was very skilled at this. By conversing with others, he would get to understand their issues. By showing people you understand their position, they begin to trust and show loyalty. As a result, when election time came, Johnson had many loyal voters. In conclusion, responsiveness, bravery and trust are essential characteristics for a good leader.
In order to be a successful leader, one should be open-minded, respectable, and determined. Having these qualities allows for a leader to work efficiently over his/her people. Being open-minded allows for new ideas and changes to be heard. There is a well known saying that two heads are better than one, and in this case it definitely applies. A respectable leader is easy to be guided by. The leader is usually not questioned about their ideas, rather understand that the person is well respected for their decision making. Finally a leader should be determined. Being a determined leader is important because it allows for the people to not lose track of what being a leader is all about. A leader is someone who leads and helps make important decisions. Abraham Lincoln is a great example of a leader who was open-minded, respectable, and determined. Now he is famous for his impactful leadership qualities.
In order for someone to be a good leader they should posses at least three qualities that include being confident, being intelligent, and being honest. A leader should be confident because they need to make a strong decision without second guessing themselves. If they are second guessing themselves then other people may be not so sure if the leader is good enough or confident enough to lead them. Also, a leader should be intelligent. A strong leader needs to have strong ideas that can help them guide everyone. They need to be intelligent so people can look up to the leader and be sure that they are in good hands and the leader knows what they are doing. Furthermore, a good leader needs to be honest. If a leader is honest they will gain respect and be trusted. It is very important to be trusted by the people you lead. They will not try to get rid of you if they trust you enough to lead them. An example of a good leader would be Abraham Lincoln. Abraham was a good leader who possessed all of these qualities. He was honest to the people of the U.S. and he was polite and friendly. Abe was also very intelligent. He knew what he was doing as president and he was confident in what he was doing as well. To be a good leader, like Abraham Lincoln, three qualities need to be possessed and they are confidence, intelligence, and honesty.
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