Six Personal Qualities of Leadership by “Warren Bennis” - Jibran Bashir Leadership Institute

Six Personal Qualities of Leadership by “Warren Bennis”

Warren Bennis, widely known as a modern leadership guru as he said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” One of the most exciting and challenging things about leadership is that it requires mastery of a diverse set of skills and personal qualities to translate vision into reality. The top leaders must set an example of commitment to the cause, magnanimity in success and failure, humility to acknowledge you don’t have all the solutions, openness to hearing diverse points of view, and innovation to develop new methods without sacrificing the fundamental ideals.

Here are 6 personal qualities that make a leader an effective and successful leader.

1.      Integrity

2.      Dedication

3.      Magnanimity

4.      Humility

5.      Openness

6.      Creativity



Integrity is the foundation of good leadership. Integrity means the alignment of words and actions with core principles and inner values. It means No matter how challenging the circumstances, a good leader never compromises on his principles; they avoid making empty promises or taking shortcuts, preferring ideas and action over self-interest. A leader with integrity can be relied upon and will be respected for upholding high moral standards. Additionally, they serve as a potent role model that others might follow to create a whole organization with strong cultural values.



Dedication is a commitment to a specific task, principle, or goal. Strong leaders have a high level of dedication to their objectives & goals. They spend whatever time and energy are required to accomplish the goals rather than giving it whatever time they have available. They show this dedication by following through on promises and pushing through challenges to achieve their goals. This high degree of commitment inspires others to put just as much effort into their task.



Being great of mind and heart is the virtue of magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magna, great, and animus, mind). Magnanimity is the practice of aspiring to greatness. Leaders are generous in their goals, aspirations, and sense of purpose as well as in their willingness to push themselves and those around them. A magnanimous individual provides credit to those who deserve it. It also entails showing grace in defeat and letting those who have lost maintain their dignity. Magnanimity in leadership includes crediting the people with success and taking accountability for mistakes.



Humility is the opposite of arrogance and narcissism. Humility is the quality of a humble leader. It entails understanding that neither you nor others around you are inherently less than the other. It does not mean diminishing yourself, nor does it mean exalting yourself. Essentially, humility is the ability to see yourself as you are. You recognize your strengths and successes. But you also understand your weaknesses and limitations. Humility leads to better listening, increased collaboration, and a more compassionate leadership style. It creates more authenticity and a constant drive to learn. These qualities lead to better outcomes, both for the leaders and their teams.



Openness means being open and having the courage to listen to the ideas of others without passing any judgments. Ideas are assessed solely based on value-added and contribution towards problem solving and achievement of results. An open leader values new experiences, ideas, and new thought processes.


There are three important values required to facilitate openness:

Respect: leaders should treat all team members and their ideas with dignity and respect.

Honesty: Leaders and team members should provide one another with accurate, complete, and honest information to achieve the best results possible.

Trust: Leaders should create a safe environment where people are encouraged to disclose themselves and share information and ideas, without fear of revenge.



Creative leaders always think outside the box. This quality gives them an edge over others since they are always hunting for creativity and innovations. Creativity provides the ability to think differently and see things that others have not seen, thus giving a reason for followers to follow. So, creativity is the only thing that distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

A creative leader is not only a creative genius with thought-provoking ideas but he also gives others the freedom to develop their ideas.


Every leader has the urge to lead, inspire, and contribute to the greater good. And that is why you need the right leadership and personal qualities. It is a consistent effort and self-belief that paves the path. Leaders should, therefore, be mindful and exercise these leadership qualities for sustainable growth.

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