Top 10 Traits of a Good Leader

While at church on Sunday we had an interesting lesson on leadership. While the spiritual application won’t be the same on this site, it was interesting to think about the leadership principles from a hospital CIO or other hospital IT leadership perspective. The instructor shared a list of the top 10 traits of a good leader as identified by the American Management Association as follows:

  1. Be Results Orientated
  2. Be Consumer Focused
  3. Have a Vision
  4. Be Strategically Focused
  5. Effectively Get Work Done Through Others
  6. Be Good at Dealing with Conflict
  7. Ask Great Questions
  8. Make High-Quality Decisions
  9. Be a Trusted Leader
  10. Be an Incredible Communicator

Just for comparison’s sake, here’s a look at the 8 traits of being a good church leader that were shared:

  1. Lead by Example
  2. Humility
  3. Spiritual Knowledge
  4. Knowledge
  5. Loyalty
  6. Unity
  7. Love and Expressions of Confidence
  8. Delegating Authority

This list is worthy of every leader pondering. I know a number of these items inspire me to be better at that goal. At church we also had a discussion that these leadership principles must be based on love as the motivating factor. While that’s a bit different from a spiritual perspective, I still think the principle of love is important for every leader. The healthcare IT leaders that love what they do are the most effective I’ve seen. Plus, when you love the work and mission of your organization it’s much easier to work on the things that will make you a better leader.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.


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