7 of the Most Desirable Leadership Traits

Neil Kollipara
5 min readFeb 25, 2024
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Leaders are not born. They’re built.

I’ve come across quite a few strong leaders in my life, and I’ve also come across a lot of weak leaders.

Today, I want to take a look at seven of the most attractive traits leaders can possess.

1/ They rise to the occasion

Leaders are often met with intense, uncomfortable, and undesirable situations.

Despite feelings of aversion, strong leaders will step up with as much confidence as they can so they can bring about solutions.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to mind as an example.

During a time when racial tension was at a high in the United States, and when he recognized the need to fight for Civil Rights, Rev. Dr. King didn’t sit around twiddling his thumbs saying to himself, “Well, someone ought to step forward and do something about this.”

No!

Instead, he stepped to the plate to handle the difficult situation, and ultimately it brought about groundbreaking legislation in the United States.

2/ They keep an open-door policy

The leaders who hang out in their ivory towers and don’t make time for the people whose lives their decisions affect…

Those are the kinds of leaders nobody likes.

Effective leaders will make time to take phone calls, read emails, and sit down for coffee with people whose lives they impact.

The superintendent from my son’s school district is a prime example of someone who makes time for the people.

He holds a monthly sit-down called “Sit with the Supe” for anyone who wants to talk with him over a cup of coffee.

It’s an opportunity for him to connect with parents. He gets to know them on a deeper level so he can better-serve them. And it also gives parents a chance to get to know him on a deeper level because, after all, he’s more than a superintendent… he’s a human being.

From time to time, I see him walking around the school during drop-off and pick-up times. I see him shaking hands with parents and giving high fives to the students.

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Neil Kollipara

Articles about self-improvement and simple living. I write a newsletter called Creator Chronicles. Check out all my stuff at www.neilkollipara.com