“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.”

—Clare Boothe Luce

Leaders throughout the ages have been studied in an attempt to determine the qualities that make them exceptional in their time and situation. More than 50 leadership qualities have been identified. But of all of these qualities, the two that all leaders seem to have in common are vision and courage.

Leaders formulate a clear vision of where they want to take their organization in the long term. Being able to articulate this vision clearly is the key to motivating and inspiring others to work with them to make that vision a reality.

The second leadership quality that all the studies found in common was courage. Leaders have ...

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