Established, since 1997, leading UK based training provider.

What are the Three Most Important Leadership Qualities?

What are the Three Most Important Leadership Qualities?

What are the Three Most Important Leadership Qualities?

The three most important leadership qualities are, vision, planning, inspiration.

1. A clear vision for a better future.

The primary role of a leader is to offer a clear vision of a better future, to people who lack such vision.

Many people have minds filled with fear, self-doubt and worry. Consequently, they lack visions of a better future. For them the future seems pessimistic and dark. Such people need leaders to inspire them with images of a superior future.

How do leaders conjure up their visions? Nobody knows.

Some people have developed the habit of creating optimistic visions, and some people were born that way; optimism is written into their DNA.

But anyone who aspires to be a leader, must consistently think about the future in positive terms, and talk about their visions with conviction.

The next thing the leader needs is a plan.

2. A plan that will deliver on the promise of a better future.

Stage two of the leadership process is to write strategic and tactical plans that sets down, in writing, HOW the vision for a better future can be actualised.

Visions without practical plans are mere delusions.

Visions coupled with practical plans become a powerful force for positive change.

Political leaders, military leaders, business leaders, social leaders are all ardent planners.

They spend hours planning, plotting, scheming, thinking, and discussing the means whereby their visions can be translated into a practical reality.

If you want to be a leader, dedicate hours everyday to planning how you will put your visions of a better future into practice.

In order to put the plans into practice, you will need to inspire others.

3. Inspire others to share your vision, and work together to enact your plans.

Leaders need followers! So, the third part of leadership is speechmaking.

In order to gain followers, leaders communicate in a style that is inspiring, compelling, plausible.

It is no coincidence that many of history's great leaders are also great orators.

  • Churchill, "You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory!"
  • Thatcher, "You turn if you want to. The Lady is NOT for turning".

It is worth noting that there are very few inarticulate "Great leaders". Leaders learn language that inspires.

If you want to develop your leadership skills, then develop your ability to speak and write in a style that is engrossing, optimistic and engaging.

"Leaders have followers. The primary role of a leader is to convey to those followers a sense of purpose, vision and mission." Colin Powell

Leadership Training

We recommend you attend our Leadership and Management Training Course in order to learn how to improve these key leadership qualities and much more besides!

About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

Blogs by Email

Do you want to receive an email whenever we post a new blog? The blogs contain article 5-10 minutes long - ideal for reading during your coffee break!

Further Reading in Leadership and Management

  • Good leadership training course London
    Good leadership training course London Are you looking for a good leadership training course? A good leadership course will give you the training you need in order to improve yourself in the six essential skills of leadership. Question: What are the six essential skills of leadership? Answer: The six essential skills...
    Read Article >
  • What are Negotiation Skills?
    Not everyone is a born negotiator, but negotiation skills can be learned. Being an effective negotiator requires good communication skills, the ability to persuade, together with planning and tactical skills.
    Read Article >
  • How Do I Manage My Friends After a Promotion?
    After promotion to a managerial position over your former peers and friends, there will be a change in the dynamics of your relationship. Performance and other issues will have to be dealt with. Here are some guidelines to help you.
    Read Article >
  • Management Skills: Continuous Improvement
    Continuous improvement is about always striving to make things better. Every day, strive to make things just a little better than they are now. Small improvements will become significant in time.
    Read Article >
  • How to develop and improve leadership skills?
    How to develop and improve leadership skills? All organisations need proper leadership. And proper leadership will be provided only by those people in the organisation with leadership skills. Therefore, all organisations need to develop the leadership skills of those people occupying the key roles; managers, team leaders, decision makers...
    Read Article >