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Qualities of The Ideal Leader


During the past 10 years, the national nominating committee of the American Society of Interior Designers, Washington, D.C., has selected board members based on a broad range of leadership skills. The list below represents what the committee calls its leadership filters by which it screens potential board members.

  • Sees the big picture
  • Is a nonbiased person who acts with an open mind
  • Has a nimble, flexible mind
  • Is an approachable person
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for peers
  • Shows empathy
  • Is a change agent
  • Displays an identifiable presence
  • Can think on his or her feet
  • Maintains intellectual composure
  • Is an effective communicator
  • Can be a savvy marketer
  • Maintains a positive, upbeat attitude
  • Is a team player
  • Respects staff
  • Displays passion for ASID
  • Has the ability to delegate
  • Maintains personal integrity


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