A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A good leader "walks the talk" and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads. A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as a leader. Leaders need to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be motivated towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the same goal. A good leader is confident. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members. A good leader is able to think analytically. While keeping the goal in view, a good leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it. A good leader is committed to excellence. A good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas.
A good leader will be calm and function in an orderly manner during situations of uncertainty or in stressful situations. A leader will take each milestone and crises as part of a learning experience and not become frantic over a small matter. A leader will also portrays confidence even when things are looking bad.