One of the most important qualities that a leader can have is the ability to question themselves and their abilities. Asking yourself, “Am I A Leader?,” is an essential component of always being ready to improve yourself and work on building the traits and qualities that are found to be the most effective in positive leadership. No one is perfect, so accepting that there is always room for improvement is definitely a sign that you likely do have what it takes to be an amazing leader.

There are many traits that are highly valued in leaders, but to truly understand what it is that you want to exemplify in yourself it is important to think mostly of the type of person that you wish to be. One way to do this is to look to others who have reached great heights in their careers due to their leadership skills. Consider what traits they exude and what they believe has worked for them in their personal development process. Remember, however, that it is not about losing yourself to imitate someone else, but rather to build the traits in yourself that you find to be appealing and worthwhile.


There are some traits that seem to be found in just about every leader. One of the most important of these is focus. While it is a rather generalized term, it applies to every area of being a successful leader and employee. You must have focus in each task that you undertake. It is also essential to be able to differentiate where you should focus your energy at all. Many famous leaders have been quoted saying that they found that by focusing on the bigger picture and the key things that matter most they were about to continue to reach their goals without being overwhelmed with the little things that come up along the way.

Confidence is another trait that leaders have in common. You must present yourself in a manner that shows that you believe that you know what the right path is to gain the trust of those that you want to follow you. Of course, you must also have a solid rationale that you are willing to share.

Combining your confidence with empathy, rationale and assertiveness is the winning combination.

Finally, when working on personal development, it can sometimes feel that you are putting on a show for others in the process. Always remember as you continue to ask yourself, “Am I a Leader,” that you still want to remain your true self. This creates consistency in what others can expect from you and gives your followers the feeling that you are authentic and transparent. Everyone can be an amazing leader if they are willing to put in the effort. It is a never-ending process of learning, developing yourself and being willing to be vulnerable. With time and diligence, you can be the leader that you have always dreamed of.