A Good Leader

A look into what makes a good leader and what leadership qualities one should exhibit

So, we have all had to follow someone else’s lead at one point or another and that leads to the thought, what makes a good leader? I have been told since I was little that I was a natural-born leader and because of this, I have explored the topic thoroughly. I hope you find my research as enlightening and interesting as I did.

1. A leader is confident.

Confidence goes a long way into making those around you feel comfortable following you. Now, confidence is a bit of a double-edged sword, depending quite heavily on where it comes from, but even a lost person who exudes confidence will gather a following if no one else knows better. You just have to be wary of people who always exude confidence and act without logic or reason. Hopefully, their confidence is born from knowledge and experience. People who have confidence because they know the field they are marching onto will make decisions that continue to promote confidence in their followers.

2. A leader values communication and has great active listening skills.

This is the most important quality a leader can exude in any group size. Clear communication can solve problems before they mount and keep everyone in an understanding they can grasp. From a goal to the smaller tasks, leaders make sure the people who follow them know why what they are doing is important and how they can best accomplish it. They squash misunderstandings as they present themselves and make sure each of their number is heard and valued.

3. They have foresight.

A good leader is not just looking at the tasks at hand but also the overall goals they seek to achieve. A leader who can’t see the forest through the trees will eventually be seen as lost, and the group who follows them will lose faith. They need to have a focused vision that keeps others united in their tasks and use this oversight to divide and conquer.

4. A good leader can keep an open mind. And their focus is as a group, not a singular individual.

A good leader may not always decide what is best because of another’s opinion, but they will weigh and factor in anything said to them. Then, looking at all the pieces, they will make a decision that they think serves the group or goal as a whole. Even when they think they know best, they will take in other perspectives, if only to prove to themselves they are correct in their line of thinking. They never simply close down a train of thought.


5. They treat others with respect, not just demand respect for themselves.

We have all worked for people who simply assume their position should come with the privilege of respect, and we have all resented them for it. There is a difference between not being disrespectful and deserving respect. Respect can be a kindness, recognition of one’s talents, abilities and hard work. It is also something you give to someone who has given these things to you and mounts as you see these qualities exemplified in them. It is mutual, necessary and not to be taken for granted. It is a very powerful social skill.

6. They learn, evolve and grow.

A good leader knows his flaws as well as he knows his boons. They strive to learn and grow and encourage those around them to do the same. Good leaders avoid the blame game and instead ask what you learned and try and help you overcome the mistake and learn how to avoid it in the future. They are open to criticism, and you’ll likely never have the same problem twice with them.

7. They lead by example.

The best leaders know that if they are requesting others work hard, they, themselves, need to work as hard if not more. They set the tone for how the group interacts with one another, in all forms, and know that they are being watched and mimicked. If they have faults, they allow others to know its ok to fail, and they stand back up to try again. When you are feeling down, you can always look to your leader to boost you up.

8. While a good leader knows he is part of a group, they do not get sucked into mob mentality or the general opinion of a group if it is contrary to its aims.

They know they lead and accept the heavy responsibility that comes with it, never blaming things on others.

9. Lastly, they are passionate, driven individuals.

Have you ever followed someone whose heart just wasn’t in it? They tend to make poor decisions and their people lose faith quickly, because their example is a poor one. A good leader CARES. They want everyone to succeed and to reach their goals. It’s this passion that inspires people to press on when things get hard. To move forward even when things are moving as slow as molasses. A passionate leader can inspire someone even without intending too as their heart burns with warmth that blankets all.


I hope you enjoyed this information and found it useful. Maybe you can use it to become a better leader or just to recognize one when you see them.

The King we Choose

For the king we fight with sword and shield
For the king we live and die
For our souls aren’t ours to throw away
Our souls can never lie

The smell of metal in the air
The sound of it in hand
Where we go we do not know
The gates of heaven have demands

The pits of hell will open up
Blurring lines from here to there
We’ll scream and crash upon our foe
Without a second glance or care

We fight because we simply must
We have no other choice
So we choose the king we think we trust
The one who matches voice

But it’s us we fight for with each breath
The things we love on mind
And if those lead us to our death
At least we weren’t blind

Damian C. King or "Vicious Avarice" graduated with a BFA from VCU in 2010 and went on to become a prolific filmmaker in Hollywood over the past decade. Though he continues to produce features under his company Fantasy Forge Films, recently, he has reignited his passion for writing, focusing on poetry and fantasy novels. In January 2022, he published the children’s book “The Christmas Monster” which can be pre-ordered here (https://pegasuspublishers.com/books/coming-soon/the-christmas-monster). He looks forward to contributing to Malorie’s Adventures and asks all to keep an eye out for his future books which always carry with them a fantastical whimsy born of the imagination.

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