What Makes A Leader Great by the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders

We recently launched our fifth group of the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program with nine incredible women who are committed to developing their leadership skills and challenging themselves to learn, grow, network, and achieve at a higher level. This group of Gr8 Women Leaders are already amazing leaders, but they recognize that they can grow and become even better. They have a strong desire to learn, and they are willing to invest their valuable time, energy, and money to gain an edge and become the best version of themselves.


During our kick-off session, we had a thought-provoking discussion about what makes a leader great. Here’s a list of qualities the SOS Gr8 Women came up with…

A Gr8 Leader…
  • Is passionate 
  • Recognizes the importance of listening
  • Can be trusted
  • Has vision
  • Is optimistic
  • Supports and encourages others
  • Has integrity
  • Empowers others
  • Is flexible and adaptable
  • Sees people as individuals
  • Provides direction
  • Is a teacher
  • Shows gratitude
  • Communicates well
  • Develops others and encourages their growth
  • Is a servant 
  • Knows how to diffuse conflict
  • Has a high level of self-awareness
  • Sets good boundaries
  • Is accountable and responsible
  • Serves as a mentor and encourager of others
  • Understands how to follow as well as lead
  • Recognizes the value of connecting and networking
  • Has the 3 As: authentic, attentive, and approachable
  • Shows compassion
  • Follows up
  • Asserts herself, particularly in the face of injustice
  • Is present and perceptive
  • Makes a difference
This is a comprehensive list from a group of truly remarkable leaders. What else would you add to this list? Share your ideas in the comments below. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 

One of the foundational beliefs that SOS Partner, Amber Fogarty, has about leadership is that there is no cookie cutter approach. One size doesn’t fit all. Each and every one of us has our own unique leadership style; perhaps your style includes many of the qualities listed above, but maybe it doesn’t. The important thing is to focus on understanding who you are, what leadership means to you, and how YOU want to lead. That’s what the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program is all about. Our goal is to grow with you…we exist to empower and equip leaders (THAT’S YOU) to make a difference!

Check out this short video to learn more about the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program!

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