“20 Traits of a Great Leader”

Chris Sonksen Leadership

Reflect on yourself as a leader

The following is a snapshot of a great leader. I give these to you with no detail or explanation, but for you to reflect on them and be challenged. Take these twenty traits and use them as a sounding board to indicate your current status as a leader. Copy the list and give it to your team members and let it be a starting point for a much deeper discussion.

1. A leader is always full of praise.

2. A leader learns to use the phrases “thank you” and “please” on his/her way to the top.

3. A leader is always growing.

4. A leader is possessed with his/her dreams.

5. A leader launches forth before success is certain.

6. A leader is not afraid of confrontation.

7. A leader talks about his/her own mistakes before talking about someone else’s.

8. A leader is a person of honesty and integrity.

9. A leader has a good name.

10. A leader makes others better.

11. A leader is quick to praise and encourages the smallest amount of improvement.

12. A leader is genuinely interested in others.

13. A leader looks for opportunities to find someone doing something right.

14. A leader takes others up the ladder with them.

15. A leader responds to his/her own failures and acknowledges them before others have to discover and reveal them.

16. A leader never allows murmuring – from himself or others.

17. A leader is specific in their expectations of others.

18. A leader holds accountable those who work with them.

19. A leader does what is right rather than what is popular.

20. A leader is a servant.

Until Next Week,

Chris Sonksen

“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort – it is ready to climb.”

– Pat Riley


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on December 14, 2009, in Leadership, Personal Growth, Strengths and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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