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9 Qualities Incredible Leaders Possess

Ayelet Shipley

September 8, 2022

Exceptional leaders have many incredible qualities. However there are nine specific qualities that set them apart from the rest. Leadership isn't always innate but it can be developed. After it is developed it also must be worked on. These nine qualities have all been found to be present in incredible leaders.


Exceptional leaders have a vision and passion to succeed

They want to achieve something great and are driven to do whatever it takes to reach their goals. Additionally, these leaders have a specific game plan for how they will achieve their vision. They are not just shooting in the dark; instead, they have a concrete strategy in place that will help them accomplish their objectives.

Exceptional leaders have a culture of discipline

This means that everyone in the organization is held accountable to high standards and is expected to follow the leader’s guidance. There is no room for slacking off or taking shortcuts; instead, everyone is working together towards a common goal.

Exceptional leaders are systems thinkers

Leaders see the big picture and understand how all the pieces of the organization fit together. They know how to get the most out of their team by aligning everyone’s efforts towards a common goal.

Exceptional leaders measure performance with data

They track key metrics and use this information to make informed decisions about how to improve their organization. They don’t just rely on gut feelings or intuition; instead, they use hard evidence to make decisions.

Exceptional leaders are good people

This doesn’t mean that they are perfect; however, they do care about their team members and want to see them succeed. They listen to their team members and try to find solutions that work for everyone involved.

Exceptional leaders empower others.

They give their team members the freedom and autonomy to make decisions and take action. They trust their team members and believe that they can handle whatever comes their way.

Exceptional leaders develop great leaders.


Leaders invest in their team members and help them grow into better versions of themselves. They teach them how to lead others effectively and give them the tools they need to be successful in life.


Exceptional leaders are always learning


They never stop growing or expanding their knowledge base. They constantly seek out new information and learn from their mistakes so that they can become even better leaders in the future.

Exceptional leaders are truly special people

They have an innate ability to inspire others and lead them towards success. They are change agents who can bring about positive transformation in any organization or team that they work with.

Based on The DNA of Exceptional Leaders: The Focus of Executive Advisors by Terence Jackson

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