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What does it take to be a heart-centered leader? If the following 21 traits sound familiar, you may be well on your way to a form of leadership driven by the principles of authenticity and integrity rather than the pursuit of profit at any and all cost.

You Might be a Heart-Centered Leader if…

  1. You tell the truth.
  2. You trust your associates to do the right thing.
  3. You are able to relinquish control. As leaders, we don’t really have it anyway. Our associates do. If you think that’s not true, try getting anything done without them.
  4. You know your impact and are mindful of how your words and actions may be interpreted in formal and informal ways.
  5. You aim to serve the people that you are leading, not the other way around.
  6. You are open-minded and do not judge or assume, but come to understand a situation or behavior.
  7. You take care of your “whole-self” — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
  8. You have the willingness to look in the mirror and come to terms with your own character flaws.
  9. You are committed to personal and professional growth.
  10. You strive to mentor others and surround yourself with people that have skills, talents and styles different from your own.
  11. You are empathetic and strive to maintain the self-esteem of others.
  12. You have an “open-door” policy.
  13. You believe that, given the right support, people rise to the occasion on their own and actually feel good about being held accountable.
  14. You develop strategies that involve, promote, call upon, and inspire associates to participate fully in creating, renewing, or revitalizing the organization.
  15. You have compassion for yourself and others.
  16. You replace blame with responsibility.
  17. You believe that people have positive intentions, even if associates’ behavior appears to illustrate the opposite.
  18. You are committed to making a difference not only in your own life, but in the lives of your associates and society as a whole.
  19. You listen before speaking.
  20. You create an environment where feedback is expected and appreciated.
  21. You are not afraid to admit your mistakes.

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*originally published on Inc.com
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