This study provides perspectives of 13 organizational leaders, executives, and business owners who are third year doctoral learners from the University of Phoenix.This research focused on the perspectives of leadership qualities they deemed necessary for effective leadership. These professional leaders offered insights regarding social, economic, or environmental problems that affect their ability to lead within their organization. The findings identified ten effective leadership qualities necessary for sustainable development; learn, empower, adapt, develop, engage, reflect, sustain, humility, integrity, and practice.

Professional and world leaders have adopted various leadership styles, which continually evolve to be effective. However, leaders are ill equipped to meet the needs of the fast-paced changes in society (Rosenthal & Pittinsky, 2006). Leaders’ personal values integrated with suitable leadership qualities are the catalyst for effective and practical leadership. Moving forward, current leaders must be willing to change behaviors and adjust leadership strategies to remain effective leaders (Nahavandi, 2006).

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