A leader has a vision. Leaders see a problem that needs to be fixed or a goal that needs to be achieved. It may be something that no one else sees or simply something that no one else wants to tackle. Whatever it is, it is the focus of the leader's attention and they attack it with a single-minded determination. For example, Edison did not set out to build a better candle; he wanted to find a whole new way to illuminate the darkness.
It is not enough to just have a vision. Lots of people see things that should be done, things that should be fixed, and great step forward that could be taken. What makes leaders different is that they act. They take the steps to achieve their vision. Is it a passion for the idea, an inner sense of drive, or some sense of commitment? Whatever it is, it is the strength that lets leaders move their vision forward despite all the obstacles, despite all the people saying it can't be done, it's too costly, we tried that before, or dozen other excuses. The true leader perseveres and moves forward.
Some people are born with these characteristics. Others develop them as they improve as leaders. They are the skills and traits a leader must have to be a good leader. These are the traits I believe a good leader should have from my perspective.
Integrity. People have to believe that you are pursuing your dream because it's the right thing to do, not just because you are ego driven.
Must be a people person. Understands the differences that make people unique and is able to use those individual skills to achieve the goal.
Is positive. A leader encourages and rewards people and makes you want to do it and do it right. A leader is not a…