Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 8, 2019

30 Qualities That All Successful Leaders Share.

There are a lot of things that make certain leaders great — excellent timing, a mind for numbers, ruthless efficiency, awesome sales skills, and much more.

Great leaders become great because they are intentional about doing things that feel uncomfortable and seem silly and insignificant at the time but lead to greatness.

Here’s the cool thing — despite all the individual strengths that make these leaders bring to the game, all great leaders share a few of the same qualities.

And here are 30 of them.

  1. They get started.
  2. They question everything.
  3. They are incredibly resilient.
  4. They crave feedback.
  5. They refuse to hang out with negative people.
  6. They don’t rationalize or trivialize failure.
  7. They don’t confuse their job with their identity.
  8. They focus their effort on things that matter.
  9. They start what they finish.
  10. They practice what they preach.
  11. They are comfortable with change.
  12. They work hard to stay in shape personally.
  13. They hang around like-minded people.
  14. They build great teams.
  15. They are ambitious and driven.
  16. They play to their specific strengths .
  17. They have clarity about what they want.
  18. They innovate rather than imitate.
  19. They are life-long readers
  20. They are optimistic by choice.
  21. They find opportunity.
  22. They don’t tolerate excuses.
  23. They focus on what is in their control.
  24. They are aware of their emotions.
  25. They take pleasure in helping others achieve success.
  26. They are humble and quick to admit mistakes.
  27. They don’t need constant approval.
  28. They set high standards for themselves.
  29. They take risks.
  30. They don’t quit quickly.

Where do you stack up?

What do you need to start working on? Where do you need to improve?

You aren’t going to be the best at everything, but you should be improving each of these qualities all the time.

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.