Student Essay: What Makes a Good Leader (Proviso, Ill.)
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What Makes a Good Leader
Submitted by an anonymous senior
With the presidential election only one short month away, it’s important to know what makes a good leader. When choosing our president, not only should we look at their politics, but we should also look at their character. The certain qualities a person possesses can potentially determine what kind of leader they will be. I believe that a good leader possesses the qualities of dependability, integrity and perseverance. Without these qualities, I don’t see how any person can lead and direct a group, or in this case, a whole nation.
One of the single most important aspects of a good leader is dependability. To be a leader means you have a lot of responsibilities, so people have to depend on you to take care these responsibilities. Sometimes, being a leader comes with hard decisions, but it’s your responsibility to make those decisions. If people can depend on you to get them through not only the good times, but the hard ones too, then you have the making of a great leader.
Another important quality of being a great leader is integrity. The possession of firm principals ensures that you will make the most responsible decisions and do what you truly think is best. Having integrity means a person is honest, trustworthy, reliable, loyal and honorable. To be a leader you must possess these certain characteristics so that you are able to lead fairly and justly. Without integrity and a good set of core values, how can we be able to trust our leaders.
The last, but not least, essential quality of a good leader is perseverance. With determination and perseverance, we can know that our leader will keep focused and get us through difficult times. To be determined is one of the most important aspects of a leader so perseverance to do your best and lead the people in the right direction is crucial. Without motivation, a leader can fold under the pressures of the job and let down the people. Perseverance ensures that the job done and the people will be led properly.
So on November 6th, when you go place your vote for the new President of the United States of America, remember what makes a good leader. Dependability will ensure that our new leader can be trusted to carry out his job. Integrity certifies that our new leader has good values to lead us fairly, and perseverance confirms that out new leader will get us through the hard times. If the person you choose has all of these qualities, then we can be sure we’re making the right decision.
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