Desirable Traits of a Leader
Department of the Army Pamphlet 350-14; Training Guide for Commanders of Company Sized Units; 31 July 1967
a. Bearing. Creating a favorable impression in carriage, Appearance, and personal conduct at all times.
b. Courage (physical and moral). A mental quality which recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables the individual to meet danger or opposition with calmness and firmness.
c. Decisiveness. Ability to make decisions promptly and then express them in a clear and forceful manner.
d. Dependability. The certainty of proper performance of duty with loyalty to seniors and subordinates.
e. Endurance. Mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to stand pain, fatigue, distress, and hardship.
f. Enthusiasm. The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duties.
g. Initiative. A quality of seeing what has to be done and commencing a course of action.
h. Integrity. Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principle: the quality of absolute truthfulness and honesty.
i. Judgment. Weighing facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions.
j. Justice. Being impartial and consistent in exercising command.
k. Knowledge. Acquired information including professional knowledge and an understanding of your subordinates.
l. Loyalty. Faithfulness to country, the Army, your unit, your senior, and subordinates.
m. Tact. The ability to deal with others without creating offense.
n. Unselfishness. The avoidance of providing for one's own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.