13-Traits of a Genuine Leader

It is okay to not know everyone and everything from your industry.

Those who belittle you for not knowing as much as they do, are not experts but bullies insecure about their knowledge and themselves.

They failed to learn the basic trait of being a leader is to be an inspiring and compassionate role-model.

Run away as fast as you can from such self-proclaimed leaders as they are a danger to themselves and your success journey.

A genuine leader:

1. Is a great listener
2. Is a keen observer
3. Is ready to teach what you don’t know
4. Is ready to learn what you know better than them
5. Does not ridicule you for knowing less, but helps you gain more knowledge
6. Does not reject a different point of view with no rational and a sincere dialogue

7. Does not assume that everyone has to know what they know
8. Does not believe they know better and more than everyone else
9. Has the patience to understand a different point of view, even if in disagreement.
10. Makes you feel inspired, motivated and enthusiastic about something you are yet to learn.
11. Is interested in helping to learn, rise higher and be better despite your shortcomings.
12. Is always open to feedback even if critical or unpleasant – and takes the time to understand it.
13. Is secure about their knowledge and themselves and always willing to expand their learning.
Above all, a genuine leader is someone who makes you feel empowered and inspires you to do more with your life.

[Credits: Anj Handa and Nick Hayllor for being my logic-editors]
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  • Eimear

    You’ve hit it right on the nose with this post! I’ve met so many self-proclaimed leaders who are in reality terribly insecure, don’t listen (so therefore can’t learn) and definitely don’t like to be challenged. When you meet a real leader you know it immediately. They are always curious, supportive and don’t need to shout to be heard or seen.

    • almost Naked CEO

      You are right Eimear, too many out there who claim to be ‘leaders’ but don’t know what they are doing. If you are not listening, you cannot lead, it is that simple. Those who do not like to be challenged struggle with keeping their ego in check and hence are the worst enemy of their own leadership journey. Thank you for your valuable views.

  • Amanda Dunn

    These are perfect! A good leader can do amazing with a staff but a bad leader can destroy a good staff.

    • almost Naked CEO

      Exactly. It is how you treat your team will decide how confident, secure and comfortable your team feels around you. Which ultimately decides how well the entire outcome of a project/brand/campaign will be.


    These are great traits. You highlighted a lot of them. A good leader is crucial for a team. It could make or break any team or country. Thanks for emphasizing this!

    • almost Naked CEO

      You said it perfectly – a leader can make or break any team or nation. Thank you for participating in the dialogue Carmen.

  • Jasmine Hewitt

    you’re totally right! these are the qualities of leaders!

  • Latte Lindsay

    These are great traits to have as a leader. Too many people quit their jobs because of poor leaders who think it’s ok to lord it over everyone else.

    • almost Naked CEO

      So true, a lot of people quit because of bad bosses. I like to think of them as just bosses and not leaders. A leader would not let his team down in anyway!

  • Amy - All about a Mummy

    I completely agree. A good leader needs so many different traits and listening is top of the list.

  • fashionandstylepolice

    I love all you have mentioned here. Being open to feedback is very important. Many leaders struggle with that part.

    • almost Naked CEO

      Very true. reluctance to feedback is the biggest hurdle in getting to understand your tribe and leading them with sincerity.

  • Albion

    This list of qualities is perfect. I’ve met so many self-proclaimed leaders who have treated others as inferiors. A great leader is always willing to learn from others!

  • vicky hallnewman

    A good leader/manager/boss should always work alongside you and not above you. People cooperate more if you are alongside them.

  • Leanie

    I agree with these statements, a great leader should have great listening skills and should be someone that would inspire you. I was in the teaching profession, but it was like awalk in the Jurassic Park. Left the profession – thank God! My principal didnt care at all about any problems that me as an educator had with my class. I think that I was more glad than the kids when the bell rang for home time, I hated every minute, since there was no support, compasson or encouragement from fellow staff.

    It’s been years that i’m not the profession anymore, but still it had such a negative inpact on my life.

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