The Most Effective Leadership Characteristics

I’ve always been a little obsessed with Leadership. If you’ve been there and had to lead people it can become an obsession – working out that magic formula that will guarantee results (to get it done), and improve your ability to lead those people effectively time after time.

The first challenge is defining it – my own personal favourite is:

‘The ability to inspire followship’

I feel that succinctly says it all…

You will see on the blog a few other posts on the characteristics too (see my obsession!). One that has been well put, from a favourite book of mine called Good To Great by Jim Collins (, is the concept of a Level 5 Leader. There are two characteristics that define those leaders who make it to the top of their companies, and what is more, lead their companies to success – Humility and Fierce Resolve.

Level 4 – Effective Leader

‘Catalyzes commitment to and vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision; stimulates the group to high performance standards’.

But a Level 5 – (Chief) Executive

‘Builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical combination of personal humility plus professional will’.

The book is well worth a read, some very US based examples but the concepts and messages are very clear and something all leaders and potentially great leaders can learn from. Take a look here for more on this.

So a question for you – What are you doing to move from Level 4 to 5?