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  1. Integrity
  2. Credibility
  3. Honesty
  4. Communication
  5. Trustworthiness
  6. Ethical commitment
  7. Compassion
  8. Courage

 The theories of leadership fall apart without integrity and credibility because these vital traits are the most visible elements of your character. These are also the cornerstones that aid you in holding a group together.

The following are three additional contexts regarding high-quality leadership.

 Context about the High Road

These eight traits or characteristics visibly demonstrate to others that you are committed to traveling the high road. Being a true leader is not something you “do” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. High Road® leadership is an attitude you must carry with you every minute of your waking hours. Leading from the high road is not something you can delegate; while you may be able to delegate some or all of your work responsibilities you cannot never delegate these core traits.

 Context about Assumed Qualities

Every expert I consulted with regarding what makes up a great leader unanimously agrees upon these eight characteristics. In The Extraordinary Leader, the authors concluded that having integrity is a quality that the followers of an extraordinary leader assumed he or she had.

 Context about Professionalism

All of these qualities are required to be accepted as a high-caliber professional. This means that an organization’s typical code of conduct is also a roadmap of what is required to be a great leader there and everywhere.