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  • One of the most essential characteristics that all good leaders share is being open minded.
  • One of the most essential characteristics that all good leaders share is the quality of being open minded.

Both variations of this sentence sound awkward, I am not sure why. Can someone tell me if they are both awkward, pick which one is better or suggest an improvement?

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  • It would not be easy to choose between your sentences. Dec 6, 2013 at 21:52
  • I'd simplify it by rewording as follows: An essential characteristic of all good leaders is open-mindedness.
    – JLG
    Dec 6, 2013 at 21:55

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There's a hint of pleonasm. I'd reduce it to:

One of the most necessary qualities of a good leader is having an open mind.

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