The Most Important Leadership Attribute

Why piddle around with insignificance? Choose the most important leadership attributes to develop.

Decisive or positive:

In one poll, the votes are evenly divided between decisiveness and positivity. It’s a difficult choice.

You might be positive, but what’s the point if you can’t make a decision. On the other hand, you might be decisive, but if you’re negative, the decision won’t take you very far.

Between decisiveness and positivity, I choose positivity.

Twitter poll:

I’m running a poll on twitter.

Passion is barely edging out positivity and decisiveness. But one respondent wrote that she would take passion off the list saying, the best thing she could say about the worst leaders she’s had is they were passionate.

Between passion, curiosity, positivity, and decisiveness, I choose curiosity.

10 leadership attributes:

  1. Courage.
  2. Persistence.
  3. Integrity.
  4. Humility.
  5. Empathy.
  6. Listening.
  7. Authenticity.
  8. Flexibility.
  9. Creativity.
  10. Generosity.

Maya Angelou votes for courage:

“You can be kind and true and fair and generous and just, and even merciful, occasionally,” Angelou said. “But to be that thing time after time, you have to really have courage.” (Cornell Chronicle)

The ancients believed in four core virtues:

  1. Wisdom. The ability to discern the appropriate course of action to be taken in a given situation at the appropriate time. Decisiveness requires wisdom.
  2. Moderation. Tempering appetites.
  3. Courage. The ability to overcome fear.
  4. Morality/justice. Acting for the welfare of the community. (Marcus Aurelius)

What is the most important attribute in Leadership? My vote is for wisdom. What’s your vote?

Showing up:

When choosing how you show up, choose from relevant and important options.

Choose an aspect of wisdom, for example, to guide how you show up today. You might maintain a heightened awareness of the impact of your actions/attitudes on others.

Bonus material:

The Most Important Leadership Attribute? New Study has Clear Answer (Forbes)

What do the Stoic Virtues Mean (Donald Robertson)