LEADERSHIP QUALITIES 2
great leaders in the history of mankind among many generations of people. The likes of
Alexander the great, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther king, Napoleon the Conqueror among
many others. It is still debatable whether leadership is an inborn phenomenon or whether it can
be learned. For a long time, scholars and the masses of people have been arguing over this issue.
In spite of all this arguments and debates, people have come to accept that there are certain
characteristics that a leader must have. Whether they are born leaders or self-taught leaders, these
qualities is manifested in them in order to lead the people, organization or country.
A good leader ought to have good leadership characteristics. One of these qualities is
self-awareness. It is the ability of a person to recognize or have knowledge of his or her inner
emotional state (Hamm, 2011). A good leader should know his or her strengths and weaknesses.
It also means the ability of a person to have a deep understanding of ones needs, emotions and
drives. Individuals with a strong self-awareness are neither unrealistically hopeful nor overly
critical. Rather, they know their limits and are honest with others and themselves. Having a great
self-awareness helps a leader recognize how their feelings affect the people around them and
their job performance. In addition, it helps a person set goals and objectives which are realistic a
person who has a very low level of self-awareness will set high goals which will negatively
affect the employees. It is therefore essential for a great leader to have a strong level of self-
Motivation is another quality that makes a person a leader. Motivation is one trait that
virtually all leaders must have. Motivation helps leaders to achieve their own and everyone’s
objectives and goals beyond expectations. People in many organizations are motivated by
different factors. Most of them are motivated by factors such as salary, promotion or the status