As well as providing direction, inspiration, and guidance, good leaders exhibit courage, passion, confidence, commitment, and ambition. They nurture the strengths and talents of their people and build teams committed to achieving common goals. The most effective leaders have the following traits in common.
- They give feedback and encourage
Highly successful leaders understand that employees like to receive feedback and encouragement. Even if it’s not always positive, communication and feedback help an employee know their work matters, and they’re being noticed.
- They listen
How well are you with this leadership trait? Effective leaders listen to hear you, not to react to you. Listening is a skill that can take some time to master, but it is one of the traits that sets leaders apart from the rest.
- They are open to suggestions and realize it takes a village
When you take note of highly successful leaders, also take note of the team they surround themselves with. Highly successful leaders know how to hire or create a team of individuals to support them. They also understand it takes a village to create success, so they’re open to the ideas of others and delegate to get work done.
- They follow through, keep their word, and uphold integrity
Many leadership programs repeatedly state that we are only as good as our word. If we say we’re going to do something, then we need to do it. If we can’t follow-through, then we need to communicate so to remain in integrity. Honesty and dependability are two key leadership traits.
- They take responsibility and ownership
Mistakes are going to happen and the quicker we own up to our mistakes and take responsibility for them, the quicker we can come up with a solution and move on to the next task.
- They have perseverance and tenacity
Having had health issues for the majority of my adult life, I clearly recall in my early 20s when one physician told me that I needed perseverance and tenacity to get better.