Among the qualities desired of a leader are integrity, consistency, and self-belief. Integrity is perhaps one of the most important attributes a leader should have. Integrity means being true to oneself. A leader should believe in his ideas and uphold ethic and moral values. He should strive to do right especially when it is easier to do wrong (Maxwell, 2006). Integrity involves being the same person in the public eye and in private. In this way, he will gain the trust of those he intends to lead. Consistency is another trait. A leader must not be double-minded, or else he will lose the trust of his followers.
He should stand firm for the decisions he makes, and have a clear direction of where he wants to take others. Tied to consistency is decisiveness. Right or wrong, a leader should be able to make quick decisions and stand by them. Consistency brings predictability of a leader’s behavior. His followers will be able to tell what the leader would or not do in particular situations, further enforcing their trust in him. Constant change of mind will not only cause him to lose credibility with others, but will also cause him as an individual, to avoid achieving his goals (Pringle & Meyer, 2007).
The attribute of self-belief will attract others towards a leader. If a leader does not believe in himself, then no one else will. A leader must be confident in his own ability to solve problems, overcome setbacks, and steer people to a desired place. Exhibiting self-belief, confidence and passion will inspire others to follow him (Pringle & Meyer, 2007). Leaders today have to be more aware of their ethical behaviors than in the past. Being a dynamic world, leaders are constantly facing bigger challenges. The obstacles faced in the past are very different from those encountered today.
For instance, in the past, corporations were not as huge and well established as they are today. Today, leaders deal with bigger companies, and the decisions they make not only affect their corporations, but the public as well. Therefore, in making decisions, leaders should consider these effects while upholding ethical obligations. A decision to dig up a quarry in a certain area will displace those living their, though it may be a profitable venture. The ethical thing to do will be either to do away with the project, or ensure that the displaced are well compensated.
Maxwell, J. (2006). Twenty-One Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc.
Pringle, P. & Meyer, J. (2007). Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader. Tulsa, OK: Harrison House Publishers.