7 Characteristics of an Outstanding Leader

Do you ever wonder what it takes to be an outstanding leader? I know; the word "outstanding" seems like a unique word to use. One of the definitions for outstanding on Dictionary.com is; marked by superiority or distinction; excellent; distinguished.

Below are seven characteristics of an outstanding leader who works in excellence; differing from the wannabe's.

1. Unique Model - I've loved watching pageants since I was a little girl. Especially because of the women that serve as a beautiful example of how unique we should be. Not only because of their outer beauty but because of the example they serve when it comes to their communities, families, and others. Serving others is how you find an outstanding leader from the inside out.

2. Creative - A creative person doesn't just see within four walls. A creative person sees the bigger picture; the future. When you are around a creative person you sense that they are going in the right direction but they also take you along for the journey.

3. Communicator - When you find this characteristic in a person you have found a good leader. A unique communicator doesn't always talk about themselves but they impart knowledge in a way that engages you in the conversation. When you have finished listening to a good communicator, you are left wanting to exchange more conversation.

4. Integrity - Trust is a hard characteristic but it can be found in a person. A leader with integrity is responsible for their actions, honest in their word, and behaves in an ethical manner.

5. Composed - Watching a person under pressure is the best way to know an outstanding leader. Nothing moves a composed person, especially under high demands. How you respond to a situation is how you will become either an outstanding leader or a wannabe.

6. Encouraging - They say that you become the closest five people you surround yourself with, so if you are surrounded by people who only build on themselves then you will become a selfish pompous. But if you show that you appreciate others and like to build others then you are the type of leader to follow.

7. Professional - Professionalism not only pertains to the power suits or stilettos but also how you speak and act; character is everything. A professional person doesn't go around using explicit words or talking bad about other people. When you find a professional person you have found a person who is respected in their job, home, and everywhere they go.

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