Leadership is very important in business, even more so when you’re looking to move up in the ranks or run your own business. There are many qualities that make up a great leader. Just because you’re a supervisor, manager, boss or any other title, doesn’t mean you’re a leader. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to have any of those positions to be a great leader!

Managers who show great leadership qualities can inspire their teams to accomplish amazing things. Instead, what we typically find in the work place is mangers and team leaders people tend to not trust because things like unethical behavior, not teaching and training, and their lack of loyalty.

Some basic qualities that embodies leadership are:

  • Awarness
  • Focus
  • Accountability
  • Empathy
  • Confidence
  • Optimisim
  • Honesty
  • Inspiration

If you have those qualities then you are on your way to being a great leader.  Forbes listed eight additional qualities that essential as well:

  • Sincere enthusiasm — This is something that can’t be faked.  You want your team to follow you, be sincere about the enthusiasm you show.
  • Integrity — A true leader shows integrity in ALL things at ALL times.  There should never be a question of your integrity with your team.  You do what’s right all the time, regardless of what’s going on and who is around.  Once that trust is broken, it’ll be hard to recover from that.
  • Great communication skills — I love the way Forbes put it “Poor communication can lead to poor outcomes.”  You as a leader need to be able to motivate, instruct and discipline those you are in charge of.  You can’t do that if you can’t communicate in a proper way.
  • Loyalty — Without this, you have nothing as a leader.  You want your team to be loyal, then you need to be loyal to your team.  To be a great leader this must be understood and shown.
  • Decisiveness — You make decisions not just because you’re empowered to because of your position, instead be willing to take on the risk of decision making.  Always be ready and able to make a decision.  Without that, you will fail.
  • Managerial competence — Just because you are good at your job, a good worker, understanding the company goals and processes, doesn’t mean you can inspire, motivate, mentor, and direct as a leader need to be.
  • Empowerment — A great leader has the willingness to empower their team because you trust they are up for any challenge.  Once your team know and understand that they are empowered they will be willing to make decisions that will benefit the good of the company.
  • Charisma — People are more likely to follow the lead of those that they actually like.  To be charismatic is important in being a good leader.  Without that, honestly, you’ll only be sub par.

These are some basic qualities on being a great leader.  Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some more information and tips on leadership.

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