As we said at the beginning of this chapter, leadership has nothing to do with looks. Really. Nothing. So why are we talking about physical traits? Because the other types are important, but they mean nothing until you get off your duff and into movement — not literally, but metaphorically. Physical traits, at least the way we define them, are those that help you actually get the important things done:
Strong work ethic
Ability to learn from mistakes
Self-discipline is obviously critical to a leader. There will be many times that you and others will get tired and discouraged. You will also experience the times that true leadership requires you to do things that are difficult for you — even if that means something like delegating responsibility to others. A strong work ethic is self-explanatory. Learning from mistakes is taking stock of what you have actually done and making any necessary corrections. A sense of responsibility will keep you on track. You'll also learn patience — there's no such thing as instant gratification for a leader.