The Victor crew did a search for “leadership traits” to see what would show up. Many sites offered leadership traits/qualities/attributes. But what struck us was some had as few as 7, some as many as 23, and even one that gave 101! Whew!
The thing is, can we really define leadership in a list? Anyone can sit down and make a list of what they think leadership is about but isn’t that subjective? To be a leader you must be in a position in some form to have others to lead.
We looked at four of these lists to see if there were any traits that were common. We will talk about those that were common to these lists. On three of the lists, we found “honesty”. This was the only trait that was on three of the lists. On two lists, not necessarily the same two lists, we found “communication”, “focus”, “empathy”, “optimism”, and “confidence”.
After seeing these lists, we realize it’s not so far-fetched to get a list of 101 traits!