Leadership qualities can be developed. Leaders are made, not born. If you work hard to develop these traits, then you will be a much better leader.
1- A true leader sill have the willingness to get the job done. The true leader will take responsibility and stick to the task, even if very difficult, and stay with it until the job is completed. Those that aren't leaders want to go home at the end of the shift because the clock says so.
2- A true leader will work outside of the office. A real leader want to make things happen and is committed at all levels. The committed leader will spend time, on their own, to improve. True leaders do not expect management to feed them everything good.
3- A good leader can catch the vision of the company. Then they go about achieving the vision. They don't sit back and wait for directions. They go out and get the job done with confidence.
4- Leadership is not the same thing as consensus building. A good leader knows a good idea and seeks to implement it. A poor leader brainstorms and seeks consensus among the group. To be a great leader you have to care more than everyone else. You have to trust youself.
5- A great leader likes a challenge. The accomplishment of something great is the carrot for the leader. People that want to avoid challenges that are hard are not great leaders.
6- Great leaders seek change. The status quo is often challenged by great leaders. They don't want to change things for personal glory, but sincerely want to improve for the sake of the company and being part of something great.
7- The most important part of leadership is to get the right people on the bus. If you have the right people on board, everything else seems to take care of itself. The wrong people can sabotage even the most successful plans.
8- A good leader is mentally tough. Do you get discouraged with problems? The great leader conveys optimism and doesn't get down easily.
9- A great leader needs the respect of those around them. If employees respect the leader, than unity can be a driving force in the company. Leaders that do not have respect will find chaos and rivalry within the immediate ranks.
10- Highly original and creative people are not the best leaders. They have a hard time judging their own ideas and those of others. A good leader will be well grounded in reality and the day to day tasks of getting the work done.
11- Great leaders can command respect through speaking. When some people talk, nobody cares or listens. A real leader will have people hanging on their every word. That means that to be a great leader you should talk when you have something important to say and not carry on about trivial things all the time. Nobody likes the long boring meetings that don't accomplish anything- get to the point.