One characteristic that I believe every leader should possess is character. A leader's character plays an essential role in determining the effectiveness of his leadership. Dependability and honesty are the two important aspects of a leader's character. Even a slight mistake in their character will lead to the followers not believing in his ways. Therefore, he should follow all the set leadership principles. Leaders should have character because personality is what people judge you from. If you have a bad, stuck-up personality you will likely be despised. But when you have a good, mature personality you will be looked up to. People like leaders with strong characters because they can be role model to younger people. When you are a role model, people look up to you, for answers, guidance and inspiration. Leaders do not command excellence, they build excellence. Excellence is “being all you can be” within the limits of doing what is right. To reach excellence you must first be a leader of good character. You must do everything you are supposed to do. Pursuin+g excellence should not be confused with accomplishing a job or task. I compare my essay to a cartoon show. The superheroes are well liked because of their good character and positivity. They are the ones that do the right things. Doing the right things makes them a leader. But the villains are despised because they do bad things. That leads to them being despised. Leader should do their best to have a strong character. Having character is one of the most (if not the most) important characteristic. Confidence, knowledge, respect, and attitude are other characteristics leaders should possess. I hope you enjoyed my essay. Thank you for taking the time to read my essay.