These apply to both volunteer and paid leaders.
If you are a leader in some capacity you might want to evaluate yourself against these qualities.
- Do they desire to see more accomplished through others?
- Do they have the ability and inclination to do a critical assessment of people? (Their skills and abilities).
- Are they likeable and able to engage others?
- How do they view people? As tools or human beings?
- Is their need to be liked greater than their need to get something done?
- Do they have the ability to think conceptually?
- Do they have the ability to think strategically?
- Do they ask strategic questions?
- Are they able to critically assess organizational issues?
- Are they able to assess situations without placing blame?
- Do they have the mental agility to see multiple possible causes and solutions?
- Are they able to live with ambiguity and hold issues in tension without immediate resolution? (Can they think grey?)
- Are they thoughtful in their response to questions?
- Do they appropriately question conventional wisdom?
- Are they aware of their own emotions, wiring, strengths and gifts?
- Are they able to manage their emotions appropriately?
- Do they exhibit true humility?
- Are they able to be self-defining?
- Are they able to understand with empathy the emotions of another person?
- Do they have a record of leading others toward some vision or goal?
- Are they more adept at organizational leadership, influence leadership or project management?
- What have they learned from failures and successes as a leader?