Traits of a good leader


Leadership is far more than a position or promotion given to someone. I believe that a leader does far more than assign tasks and tick off a list of key performance indicators (KPI’s). A good leader leaves their team members better people than started and the team achieving wonderful results. I have complied a list of seven traits I believe good leaders possess.

1. Honesty and Integrity

A team functions best when people are accountable for their actions and can rely on one another. This takes honesty and integrity, and how can a leader expect that from their team if they don’t demonstrate the same qualities themselves?.

2. Confidence

Team members are more likely to come on the journey if their leader shows confidence. Displaying confidence will grow more confidence within the team. Beware of appearing over confident or appearing arrogant. Few people like arrogance and this can be very damaging to a team.

3. Inspires Others

It can be very difficult for a leader to persuade others to follow. The best way a leader can inspire others is by setting a good example. When things become difficult it is important to remain calm. Staying positive in difficult times will also earn respect and improve motivation.

4. Commitment and Passion

Your team will look up to you when you demonstrate your commitment and passion. When you lead by example and get your hands dirty the team will likely give it their best shot. If your team doubts your commitment or passion it will be a very difficult team to motivate.

5. Good Communicator

It is imperative for a leader to clearly communicate the vision, as well  as the strategy to achieve the goal. A good communicator can be a good leader. Remember that words have the power to motivate, as well as the power to do great harm. Communicate clearly and carefully.

6. Decision Making Capabilities

Apart from a futuristic vision, leaders also need to make timely decisions. A leader needs to carefully consider their decisions and be willing to stand by them. Most leaders make decisions on their own. For major decisions I recommend consulting key stakeholders, they will also benefit or suffer from your decisions.

7. Accountability

A good leader shows they are accountable for their actions and must also hold their team members accountable for what they do. When a team member makes an error or struggles work with them to improve. Importantly, remember to acknowledge the successes of the team and team members.


I would love to hear your views on leadership and your ideas on what makes a good leader. If you would like to discuss this or other topics of interest drop me a line or give me a call. I would love to buy you a coffee and have a chat.

Rolf Fuchs is a Success Coach at Fox Coaching and a Director at Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce. He can be contacted at or on 0404 840 506.

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Rolf Fuchs
Rolf has lived in the Campbelltown area for nearly 30 years and has raised his family here with his wife Karen. Being passionate for his local community Rolf has served on local boards such as Disability Macarthur and Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce. Having a strong interest in communication Rolf is also a veteran member of local Toastmasters Clubs. This also led to Rolf writing articles for Smarter Macarthur magazine, to be able to research and report on local news events not only involving the local business community but the also the greater Macarthur region community. Rolf is also a member of the Good Morning Macarthur team reporting the many great initiatives and events happening in Macarthur. After many years in the IT industry Rolf retrained as a Life Coach. His passion has always been to help people, he is now able to help people gain new direction, skills and confidence enabling them to achieve things they may never have thought possible. Rolf was also co-chair of the inaugural Macarthur Multicultural Children’s Festival in 2018, which was an outstanding success.


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