The Hidden Trait Every Leader Needs and How to Get It

A SENSE OF SELF-WORTH AND SELF-AWARENESS IS CRUCIAL TO EVERY OTHER STEP IN BECOMING A LEADER.
BY JUSTIN FOSTER

The most recognized leadership traits tend to fall in to two categories: behavioral traits such as a personality or people skills and character traits such as integrity or empathy. While behavioral and character traits are certainly indicators of leadership, the most important leadership trait is also the most hidden: intrinsic value.

Intrinsic value is a hidden trait because those who have it don’t talk about it; those who see it in others struggle to articulate it; and those who don’t have it often don’t know what’s missing.

So what is intrinsic value? It’s a deep sense of self-worth and self-awareness that creates a synchronistic balance between internal and external pressures, expectations, and goals. At its core, intrinsic value is when your sense of self-worth arrives more through internal conviction than through external influences or triggers. In short, you believe in yourself. To read the rest of this article, join our community.