By Ana Margarita Olar, Executivechronicles.com

What makes a great leader? Are leaders born or made? Can anyone learn the secrets of becoming an effective leader? There are many different theories which explain how to become one. But, no matter what the answer could be, one thing is for sure; the world needs more great leaders.

Here are the seven traits to identify of a great leader:

1. Kind but firm.

True leaders are kind. Kindness is a form of strength. People cannot forget a simple act of kindness like saying thank you and showing appreciation to everyday work. However, kindness could be mistaken for weaknesses. Leaders can be kind but should also stay firm.

2. Humble but not timid.

Humility is a core trait of great leaders. People may think that humility is same with timidity. They are far different. Being timid is like a disease. You cannot be a leader if you’re shy and afraid to stand out. Humility is a virtue. This trait makes a leader listen, accept idea, build relationship, and solve conflicts among his group. It is also about respecting differences. You’ve got to learn to be humble but not timid.

3. Bold but not arrogant.

It takes boldness to create goals, communicate your thought, and influence people. But, it is different with arrogance. Boldness aims to build a group; arrogance wants to serve oneself. A great leader needs to be bold to build a team and reach a goal.

4. Decisive but careful.

One of the most challenging roles of a leader is decision-making. True leaders are not afraid to make a tough decision. But, they are also careful to look at the details and make an informed choice.

5. With a sense of humor but not silly.

Leaders who have a great sense of humor can build deeper relationships and create stronger influence. Humor goes hand in hand with humility. A leader who shows that he is happy sends a signal to his subordinates that he is approachable and easy to talk to. It is good to be fun but not silly.

6. Strong but not rude

Great leaders should be strong. Tough times can come anytime. You cannot lead if you will allow weakness work in you. You should stay strong to make a decision, talk to people, plan, and execute. But strength is far different from being rude. It’s not a good substitute.

7. Corrects mistake and admits mistake.

Good leader corrects mistakes. He considers his subordinates feelings and privacy. On the other hand, a leader who knows how to accept mistake is indeed a great leader. Admitting errors create transparency in an organization. It will help build trust and this trait shows people that you are genuine.

Experts said that if you want to attract quality people, the key is to become a quality person.
Refine your traits through practice. Keep working.