Leadership is a position of great responsibility; a leader sees ahead, charts the course to follow and leads other team members into the holistic vision. There are many qualities that a good leader needs to possess, here are just a few of them.
Prudence is the exercise of sound judgment; some refer to it as practical wisdom. Prudence involves knowing exactly what to do in any situation. It involves making the right choices and decision in any circumstance. It requires taking calculated, timely and appropriate actions.
Humility is a measured acceptance of one’s strengths and weaknesses. It is being teachable combined with being modest. Good leaders exhibit this virtue; they are teachable, they can learn from anyone who has a lesson to offer them or value to impact into them. They are not afraid to ask questions neither do they assume that they know it all. They learn from their mistakes and move on. They never become conceited over their achievements; instead they aspire to greater heights.
Fortitude is the ability to go through challenges without throwing up the trowel. It is the ability to go through tough times and not cave in. Challenges come to everybody in life; leaders need to stand strong in the face of challenges otherwise the heart of team members would fail.
This is the ability to make sound judgments free from discrimination or sentiments. Justice is not offering the same treatment to everyone; it is offering to each person what they actually deserve and need. A good leader needs to be fair.
A good leader has a generous heart. Generosity is a virtue that detaches one from the love of wealth and material things. When a person gives generously, he becomes selfless as his focus is no longer centred on himself, he considers the interests of others.
Diligence is a necessary virtue for success in life. To be diligent is to go the extra mile and break out of comfort zone. Idleness is typified by negligence in work and duty; mediocrity, a lack of desire to be excellent; tardiness, lack of punctuality and consciousness of time; inefficiency, lack of personal coordination and organisation. Good leaders are diligent.
Good leaders have a network of viable relationships; they are not islands all by themselves. They seek for relationships that would help them thrive better. Success or failure can often be traced to the relationships you keep. Good leaders have a network of people that they can build and edify each other. They also have mentors who can call them to order.
Truthfulness means saying what one should say, irrespective of the person and the circumstances. Being truthful does not mean telling everyone everything without good reason; that is being insensitive. Faithfulness and assuming responsibility for one’s word and promises are at the core of truthfulness.
An adaptation from Mrs Ibukun Awosika’s “Business His Way”