3 Traits of Great Leaders.

Jefferies Jiang
3 min readMar 21, 2021

There are many shades of leaders in the world. They can range from boring to action oriented and inspirational. Let’s take a simpler approach and separate leaders into two basic types. Leaders who lead well and those who lead poorly. How do you define leading in a great way vs. poorly?

Rather than come up with a complicated system with multiple principles to determine what it takes for a good leader to lead well or a bad leader to lead poorly, let’s simplify again. Only the 3 things truly matter at the end of the day.

Based on doing analyses and applying it in my life and seeing the results, I found three valuable traits you can use to determine who makes a good leader. This will also help us uncover what makes a good organization or employee.

The three fundamental traits to look for in a leader include their capability to be:

  • Selfless
  • Responsible
  • In it for the long run


When a leader is selfless, they are comfortable with who they are and exhibit superego behavior over time. Such a leader has high self-awareness and possesses excellent self-control, they also seek superego over ego without compromising it. They can empathize with those around them, including building rapport, which helps them keep an open mind, when looking at multiple viewpoints, while enhancing their ability to take different perspectives, from different cultures and/or opinions, including political opinions. In other words, they possess a great deal of emotional intelligence.

A leader who displays selflessness will attract great talent to the organization. They will also develop more devoted employees while creating a more productive work environment, this can also delvop more leaders in the process.

Responsible, because they want, not just need.

A responsible leader will always understand that is the only way they will get better. A responsible leader is aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the team, constantly ensuring strengths are strengthened and keeping weaknesses at bay.

Such a responsible leader is never perceived as weak. Instead, they are strong and resilient, doing what is right for the good of all the people they are responsible for. They create high but achievable standards and constantly work to help employees or the team, regain their…