Strong leadership is essential for the success and growth of any organisation or team. While there are many qualities that contribute to effective leadership, eight intrinsic qualities consistently emerge as crucial for exceptional leaders. Here’s a snapshot.


A successful leader possesses a clear vision for the future. They maintain a powerful and motivating vision of what they want to accomplish and can clearly articulate this ambition to others.


A leader without followers is not a leader. A successful leader has to convey a certainty about their vision and decisions.


Integrity is a fundamental quality of great leadership. Leaders with integrity behave ethically and exhibit honesty, transparency, and dependability in their words and actions.


Great leaders understand and value their team members’ emotions, perspectives, and needs.


In today’s ever-changing world, flexibility is a vital quality for leaders. Exceptional leaders embrace change, are open to new ideas, and will adjust their strategies to meet evolving circumstances.


Great leaders possess the ability to make informed and timely decisions. They gather relevant information, analyse alternatives, and take decisive action when necessary.


Exceptional leaders take ownership of their actions and accept responsibility for the outcomes.


Great leaders demonstrate resilience in the face of challenges and setbacks.

These qualities are not exhaustive, but for me represent the key attributes of great leadership.

Which of these stand out as the most important? What would you change or add?