The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

What do you dream of? In your wildest imagination, what do you see yourself doing? Now, what is standing between you and that dream? The answer is leader- ship. “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” says Dr. John C. Maxwell, “but knowing how to lead is only half the battle. Understanding leadership and actually leading are two different activities.”

What makes people want to follow a leader? The key to transforming yourself from someone who understands leadership to someone who successfully leads in the real world is character. Your character qualities activate and empower leader- ship –– or they stand in the way of your success.

Maxwell outlines a list of 21 qualities that he has found to be common among all great leaders and he explains these characteristics in detail in The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

Leadership truly develops from the inside out. If you can become the leader you ought to be on the inside, you will be able to become the leader you want to be on the outside. People will want to follow you. “If you are able to do that,” says Maxwell, “you’ll find there’s nothing in this world you cannot do.”