What makes a great Leader

BY Erna Basson

When it comes to leadership, we follow leaders not because we have to but because we want to.  We feel empowered, motivated and uplifted when we are following a strong leader.  All great leaders have leadership qualities in common and today I would like to share those qualities with you.

What makes a great leader

  1. Authenticity
  2. Self Belief and Confidence
  3. Add value to other people
  4. Great listerner and communicator
  5. Drive, Discipline and Focus
  6. Accountability
  7. Surrounded by like minded people

Being authentic means coming from a real place within. It is when our actions and words are aligned with our beliefs and values. It is being ourselves, not an imitation of what we think we should be or have been told we should be.


Decide what do you want to be!

Self belief and confidence

  • Do a daily self affirmation exercise every morning
  • Dress to impress
  • Act like you belong
  • Think positive thoughts, your thoughts will become a reality
  • Find an influencer to follow on social media

Add value to others

  • It is never about you
  • The more love you give, the more love you will get
  • Give without expectations

Great listener and communicator

  • Give people your full attention
  • Listen to understand not to respond
  • Encourage with open body language
  • Keep eye contact
  • Avoid any distractions

Drive, discipline and focus

  • 40% of behaviour is habit-driven
  • Break all bad habits
  • How you change is how you succeed
  • Get comfortable being uncomfortable, growth lies at the end of your comfort zone
  • Dont expect different results by doing the same thing
  • Successful people are extremely focused, no distractions


  • Great leaders do not blame others
  • Great leaders take accountability for the decisions they make
  • Hold yourself responsible to achieve your goals

Surround yourself with like minded people

  • The people that you spend your time with is who you will become
  • Do not be afraid to out grow people
 June 14, 2017
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