Here are 15 common characteristics of effective leaders:
They are clear about what needs to be done.
They can express their vision of a desirable future in simple language.
They are idea generators.
They inspire others to follow them. (Duh, you can’t lead without followers)
They challenge assumptions.
They accept and use conflict as needed.
They are imitated by others.
They are persistent about getting results.
When they speak, others listen to them (even those who may not agree).
They are convincing people.
They recognize and utilize the unique value of others.
They tackle difficult problems.
They can accept not being liked.
They are not paralyzed by mistakes; they fail forward.
They have their limitations and know them.
Any others that you would add?