I believe leaders should have certain qualities and characteristics, yes. The word quality literally means the level of good or bad in an object, person or place. In this case I do hope for a world in which the leaders are “good”. Yes, “good” is rather irrelevant when taken out of context and thrown into solitude. However, when paired with the context brought upon by words such as “person”, “world”, “government”, or “leader” I feel a bit more at ease. Although there are various ways in which we can measure the success of a leader, general goodness to the wellbeing of the leaders led is what I would be most likely to judge upon.
Leaders gain credibility by gaining trust. Building trust is tricky business. Individuals reward trust to another based on a specific set of characteristics and circumstances that makes them feel safe. When we feel safe we are more susceptible to the influences that surround us. When we welcome new ideas, concepts, or people into our lives we are giving them, as well as ourselves an opportunity to thrive, grow, and hopefully build more credibility.
The purpose of leadership is to stand up for an individual, group of people, or cause that you care for. The role of a leader holds many responsibilities. As a leader your voice gets converted in a way. It once spoke for you alone, but now it speaks for a group. This is why careful consideration is essential in order to properly and purposefully communicate the words or your cause.
Unfortunately there are leaders whose power goes to their heads. Nobody is perfect, nor is no leader. Leaders can do harm to an individual or group, whether intentional or by pure accident. This is the risk we run as people; stepping on the toes of others. That is why I believe leaders should have the utmost of care, consideration, and consciousness in order to help as many as they can sans hurting or offending any one or thing along the way.