Saint Leo University
10 February 2013
Some of our greatest leaders were born with qualities that would make them a good leader, but it is my opinion that over time, all of the important leadership qualities are greatly developed. I discuss the four major qualities that I believe makes a good leader a great leader: Vision, Respect and Trust, Self-Awareness and the ability to delegate. Great leaders have vision, they earned the trust and respect, they can self-assess, and they can delegate. The greatest leaders are ones who learn from their experiences. It is natural to want to be a leader, but it is the life experiences over time that makes the greatest leaders.
Were some of our greatest leaders born and not made, I am not sure if one can truly answer that question. I do believe that some of our greatest leaders were born with qualities that would make them a good leader, but their skills were polished over time. Leaders are human, and like all humans they are not perfect, they may be perfect for their time, but they developed into their roles. A good leader can be born but, I believe our greatest leaders were made over time. There are four major qualities that make a good leader a great leader: Vision, Respect and Trust, Self-Awareness and the ability to delegate. Each of the qualities one can very easily be born with, but it is one’s ability to utilize each of these skills in the most efficient way that will be effective. As Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work….” Developing ones vision to be a great leader is as Dr. Pace puts it “What you….want to accomplish, and the way you want to accomplish it.” (Pace, 2006, p. 87). Vision goes beyond accomplishment and includes the ability to communicate and act. An effective leader must learn ways of effective communication. No one is born with a mastery of...