5 Attributes of Great Leaders

People don’t quit their job: they quit their boss.

This is one of those quotes that has been passed around so many times that its origins have become hazy. But that doesn’t matter – it’s veracity remains.

It’s also no surprise that the secret sauce of good leadership has more to do with Emotional Intelligence than other prevailing qualities. However, I would like to take this one step further.

Leadership goes beyond rank and title. If you want to take the helm of your own life towards your ideal career fit, then you – my friend – need to be a great leader. Your leadership starts with being a leader of one (yourself). Powerful people understand their destiny is in their own hands. Powerless people waste their energy blaming others.

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too. ~ Sam Rayburn

Your ability to align yourself with authority will determine the level of authority that you can walk in. Maybe your leader is a shining pearl, or maybe they are the irritating grain of sand that is helping to form a great leader in you. Either way, set your sights to serve their vision, and learn from them; by example or by avoidance.

If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk. ~ Benjamin Hooks

Ultimately, leaders will influence the path of other people. Great leaders influence through empowering those they lead to be great – often greater than themselves. Not-so-great leaders will watch as employee after employee quits their “job”, and blame the lack of results on a “broken system.”

The following infocomic outlines five areas of Emotional Intelligence that ought to be developed in order to ensure great leadership.

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Which attribute do you feel the most confident about being strong in? Which one could certainly use some development? Let us know in the comments.