Leaders play an important role in any organization. To bear the responsibility of any group or organization requires specific qualities and qualifications. These qualities of a leader should lead, nourish, guide, and support the team through their collective goals.

As such, these qualities and qualifications can be subjective, and society has varying opinions about such requirements. Thus, Real Research — the online survey app, launched a survey on the qualifications and qualities of a leader. The survey seeks public opinions on what qualities they feel a leader should have. Here are the results.


  • 47.42% say the major quality a leader should have is accountability
  • 38.69% say Winston Churchill is the greatest leader of all time
  • 67.10% say that men have better leadership skills than women

 The Major Quality Leaders Should Have Is ‘Accountability’

The qualities of a leader survey starts by asking respondents what are the qualities of a good leader. In reply, 47.42% say accountability, 14.11% say intelligence, and 9.24% say communication skills. Moreover, a further 3.99% say integrity, 3.74% say determination, and 2.69% say both patience and insightfulness. Additionally, 2.43% suggest professionalism while 2.04% say tolerance.

Figure 1 Respondents on the major qualities leaders should have
Figure 1: Respondents on the major qualities leaders should have

Next, the survey asks what leadership traits should a good leader have. In answer, 38.61% say ambitious, 12.07% say competency, 11.85% say hardworking, and 11.55% say leaders should be wise. Meanwhile, 4.54% say leaders should be logical, 3.27% say strategic, 3.22% say creative, and 3.06% say realistic.

Additionally, the qualities of a leader survey ask respondents what a good leader should be. On this, all 45.54% say to be professional at work, 14.12% say to understand people well, while 10.29% suggest providing a clearer vision. Moreover, 6.51% say a good leader admits mistakes and motivates the team (6.08%). Lastly, 4.77% say has control over personal information and 4.23% suggest maintaining fair interpersonal relationships.

The Best Great Leaders of All Time

The survey then asks who is the greatest leader of all time. To this, 38.69% chose Winston Churchill, 12.25% chose Abraham Lincoln, and 9.81% chose Martin Luther King, Jr. Furthermore, 7.90% chose Mahatma Gandhi, 7.52% chose Nelson Mandela, 5.13% chose Bill Gates, and 4.48% chose Mother Teresa.

Figure 2 Respondents reveal the best leader of all time
Figure 2: Respondents reveal the best leader of all time

Further on, the survey asks ‘do males have better leadership than females?.’ Here, a majority of 67.10% feel men have better leadership skills than women, whereas 9.18% feel women are better. However, 23.72% feel both are competent.

42.71% Consider Themselves a Leader

The survey then asks respondents whether they see themselves as leaders. In response, 42.71% say ‘most definitely’, 19.13% say ‘definitely’, and 9.58% say ‘definitely not’. Meanwhile, 28.58% are neutral.

Figure 3 Respondents if they consider themselves to be leaders
Figure 3: Respondents if they consider themselves to be leaders

Additionally, the survey asks what leadership skills respondents already have to become a leader. A majority of 56.97% say active listening while 12.57% say keep learning to encourage personal and professional growth. Adding on, 7.76% suggest the skill of taking responsibility for their words and actions. Likewise, 5.76% say keeping their word, 5.07% stay connected with team members, and 4.53% feel they act with consistency.

To conclude, the survey asks respondents whether they think leaders are born or trained. The majority (68.12%) say leaders are born while 31.88% say leaders are trained.


Survey TitleSurvey on Qualifications and Qualities of a Leader
DurationApril 22 – April 29, 2022
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.