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25 Leadership Traits of Great Leaders

25 Leadership Traits of Great Leaders


Here are 25 leadership traits of great leaders:

  1. They listen actively.
  2. They don't have hidden agendas.
  3. They don't have power and control issues.
  4. They've resolved their own personal hurts.
  5. They have empathy.
  6. They behave with kindness.
  7. They are self-aware.
  8. They are emotionally intelligent.
  9. They don't play favorites.
  10. They treat everyone with respect.
  11. They don't lead through fear, anger, or coercion.
  12. They know how to motivate people from within.
  13. They don't shout orders.
  14. They behave in a calm, balanced manner.
  15. They look for other people's strengths and encourage them to use them.
  16. Their co-workers and employees genuinely like them.
  17. They have low turnover in their departments or companies.
  18. They look for ways to make life easier for their employees.
  19. They pay well and offer good benefits.
  20. They don't create discomfort and chaos.
  21. They get along with people.
  22. They work well alone or in teams.
  23. They prefer two-way communication.
  24. They ask for feedback.
  25. They are constantly improving themselves.

Great leaders are always looking for ways to become better people, not just make money or force employees to do stuff. If you don't do all the things on this list, that's okay, it just gives you an idea of what to improve so you can become the most effective leader possible. Imagine your workplace being led by people who possess all these qualities. How do you make it happen? You train your leaders to behave like this.

Cheers,

Guy

The Three Most Important Leadership Qualities

The Three Most Important Leadership Qualities

Here are the three most important leadership qualities:

1. Empathy and Kindness

A lot of leaders I meet have an unwavering allegiance to the bottom line or some specific set of results and completely forget about the human beings who work for them. Leaders can have both a capability for getting results and behave with empathy and kindness. You don't have to be any less competent or driven to treat people well and understand their situation.

2. Being Healthy

I'm referring to leaders being people who have worked through their own issues and are psychologically healthy. I've seen too many people in leadership situations work out their own hurts on others; the end result is always tragic. If you're a leader who is unhealthy mentally, I guarantee it will eventually not only affect your employees negatively, but your organization and you too.

3. Self-Awareness

Most leaders I met have some fabricated idea of who they are but have very little understanding of how their emotions, thoughts, and actions affect others, or themselves. This lack of understanding causes them to do all kinds of things that not only hurt others but are also detrimental to the success of their organization.

Ask yourself how many leaders you know or have worked for who, as a norm, behave with empathy and kindness, are genuinely healthy psychologically, and possess a great deal of self-awareness. Most of our leaders are just people who can shout orders and appear decisive. I've found we can build leaders who not only get a lot done, but who also create much more kind and healthy workplaces. If this does not sound possible to you, then you might look into some training on the three areas we've discussed here.

Cheers,

Guy