As an entrepreneur working with people, it’s important to be a good leader. You need to be able to motivate the people you work with to work towards achieving your common goal. Often people think that being a leader is either something you naturally are or are not. While it’s true that some people are naturally endowed with leadership qualities, leadership is a skill that can be learned and perfected like any other skill. That’s why in today’s blog post, we’re going to look at 10 traits and qualities of great leaders so that you can improve your leadership as a business owner.
10 Traits And Qualities Of Great Leaders
They lead by example
Great leaders don’t just tell you what to do, but show you how to do it. They work hard towards the common goal themselves and inspire others with their dedication.
They are focused
Powerful leaders know where they’re going and take others with them on the right course. If you don’t know what to focus on, how can you expect the people that work with you to know? They know what needs to be done and can guide people who (temporarily) lose focus back on the right track. Great leaders know themselves really well and know what things to say “yes” to and say “no” to the other things.
They are honest and respectful
People always know where they stand with good leaders, because good leaders are honest and have integrity. They are respectful towards all the people they work with, do not play favorites and always do the honest thing.
They are empowering
Great leaders make people feel like they are good at what they do and empower them instead of making them feel diminished. The best leaders ask for input and feedback from the people they work with and know that it’s important that everyone feels part of the process.
They are passionate
The most powerful leaders are passionate about what they do and it shows in their work. They LIVE their work. They also share their vision and ideas with people often and are inspiring.
They are risk-takers
True leaders aren’t afraid to take risks and fail. They learn from their mistakes and don’t stop taking risks when things didn’t go as planned. However, the risks they take are well thought out and worth the possibility of failure. They are confident in their choices, but know when that confidence is crossing over into hubris.
They leverage the strengths of their teams
They know what their people are good at and know how to put them to use. They create environments where their people can thrive in and respect that not everyone is good at everything. They’re not looking to change anyone, but rather look at how you can help that person perform at their best.
They never stop learning
In the same way they know that the people around them can’t be good at everything, they know it about themselves. However, they make sure to work on the things they’re not good at (yet) and improve necessary skills.
They are supportive
Good leaders genuinely care about their people and not only want them to perform well in their work, but they also want their people to be happy and fulfilled by their work. They foster a positive environment that allows people to thrive in.
Great leaders celebrate their successes and acknowledge the fact that it’s a team effort. They make a point of making people feel valued and appreciated for their hard work. By celebrating the successes of the team, they allow for their team’s batteries to recharge and ready them for the next challenge ahead.
I hope you enjoyed this post and know what to work on in order to become a better leader yourself. What other trait or quality do you think is important for great leaders to have? Let me know in the comments!