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Leadership Traits to Transform Your Life

by Gary Bamberger on March 9, 2011

I’ve been thinking about the transformations that I’ve been privy to see clients and friends achieve in their lives as well as take an outsiders view of my own transformation. Each transformation a person undertakes is a very personal journey. I think of transformations as a person blazing their own trail through the wilderness.

What I’ve noticed as a recurring theme is that one of the keys to a successful transformation is what I’ll call personal leadership. Personal leadership has nothing to do with leading others. Personal leadership is about:

  • Taking a leadership role in your own life.
  • Having a clear picture of what you want to achieve and what success means to you.
  • How you want to “be” while blazing your trail towards achievement and your definition of success.
  • Taking personal responsibility for your own life.
  • Thoughtfully choosing your response to the world around you, even when your “buttons” get pushed.
  • Taking action and moving forward towards the life you want to create for yourself.
  • Having the courage to risk failure in the pursuit of your dreams.
  • Having the wisdom to apply the learning from your failure.

Some years ago, my friend and mentor, John Voitel, composed a list of leadership characteristics for me. Out of the list he compiled, I extracted items and added some items to create a list that I believe to be applicable to personal leadership. Here’s the list I came up with:

Integrity

Honesty

Trust

Reliability

Consistency

Inspiration

Perseverance

Optimistic

Vision

Flexibility

Decisiveness

Openness to Suggestion (Open Minded)

Thoughtful

Strength

Motivation

Thinking

Drive

Care and Concern

Enjoyable

Responsiveness

Appreciative

Growth

Opportunity

Challenge

Training

Reinforcement

Supportive

Warrior

Over the course of the next few months, I’ll be posting my thoughts on these characteristics to help those of you who are looking for support and guidance on your transformative journey. My goal is to provide you with the map and the compass that will support you in navigating to the success you desire.

If you have any suggestions to add to this list, please share them with me. My intention is for this to be a communal gathering of wisdom that we can share with each other as a way to help us all blaze our individual trails as each of us navigates our way towards our unique definition of success.

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