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Effective Leadership Resources

Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader (Forbes, 2012)

Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield interviewed 36 super achievers for their book The Art of Doing (2012). This site summarizes the 10 most common practices of the highly successful leaders.

Leadership Characteristics (Holden Leadership Center (University of Oregon)

The Holden Center at the University of Oregon provides leadership education and developmental experiences to empower individuals to question critically, think logically, and live ethically while becoming active and engaged citizens of the world. Characteristics of 17 exemplary leaders are listed.

Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow (John Maxwell, Purdue University)

Taken from Maxwell's lectures on communications skills course from Purdue University, John Maxwell describes the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader.

Authentic Leadership (Journal of Values-Based Leadership)

The Journal of Values-Based Leadership discusses authentic leadership, which William Bishop describes as a generic term that connotes genuineness.

What Makes A Leader? (Harvard Business Review, 2004)

This 2004 article in Harvard Business Review discusses what makes a leader, discussing the five components of emotional intelligence at work: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill.

The Science of Success (Scott Halford, 2010)

This brief article discusses how neurons retain memory and become more finely tuned when we succeed, but not when we fail. Thus, he emphasizes that leaders need to experience success, not learn from mistakes.

Industry Leaders (online publications)

Numerous articles highlighting leadership traits of successful leaders.

Career & Leadership Development Series
Cleveland State University, April 2015