Characteristics of Leaders

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As John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” When people think of a leader they might think of the president of the United States or, for sports, a quarterback. Everyone knows that a leader has to know how to lead people to the goal, whether its being a successful businessman or winning the super bowl. However, people have different opinions on what qualities a leader has to have. Some people say a leader needs to be determined; others say leaders need to be honest. There are many people that are leaders in history and in our own lives. Leaders are not always a good person, there are also bad leaders. There are things that a leader can do that can lead to failure. I think that there are many different kinds of leaders and although everyone has their own opinion on what a leader is like, they all are similar in many ways. Barrack Obama, the president of the US, has many responsibilities as a leader. For example, he makes sure there economy continues to improve. He also makes sure the country runs safely by creating laws against crime. A leader needs to be inspiring to others, trustworthy, and responsible for the teams or groups actions. A quarterback is also a leader such as Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Brady needs to be able to inspire his team when there is a critical situation in the game. When there is only two minutes left in the game and the offense needs to go 70 yards for a touchdown, the team turns to the Brady and trusts him with the ball in his hand. If the team loses he needs to take responsibility for the outcome of the game. When leaders talk about the problems they either take it on themselves or as a whol... ... middle of paper ... ...t your idea alone. These are only a few things that a leader can do to fail. Overall, leaders can have different goals but can have the some of the same qualities. Everybody has their own opinions about a leader and what they have to do to be successful. Some of the most important qualities of a leader are being determined, focused, inspiring, and open to feed back. There are not only good leaders but some also bad ones. Leaders can be someone famous or your mom. In the end, all leaders, whether in sports, business, or family, want to be successful. Works Cited http://thinkexist.com/quotation/a_good_leader_inspires_people_to_have_confidence/169218.html http://ravenyoung.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!17376F4C11A91E0E!879.entry http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERhitler.htm http://www.leadershipatwork.co.za/Articles/what_makes_good_leaders_go_bad.htm
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