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What Traits Do Good Leaders Have?

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Many leaders are competent, but few qualify as remarkable. If you want to join the ranks of the best of the best, make sure you embody all these qualities all the time. It isn’t easy, but the rewards can be truly phenomenal.

1. They Have a Positive Attitude

Great leaders know that they won’t have a happy and motivated team unless they themselves exhibit a positive attitude. This can be done by remaining positive when things go wrong and by creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere in the workplace.

2. They Know How to Manage Failure and Set Backs

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, failures will happen. That’s okay; you just need to know how to deal with them. Great leaders take them in strides. They remain calm and logically think through the situation. They utilize their resources. What they don’t do is fall apart and reveal to their team how worried they are. This leads to negative morale, fear and binge-drinking under desks. Great leaders do in fact lead, even when they’re faced with setbacks.

3. They Take Responsibility

Great leaders know that when it comes to their company, work place or whatever situation they’re in, they need to take personal responsibility for failure. How can they expect employees to hold themselves accountable if they themselves don’t? The best leaders don’t make excuses; they take the blame and then work out how to fix the problem as soon as possible. This proves that they’re trustworthy and possess integrity.

4. They Develop Those Around Them

Any good leader knows how important it is to develop the skills of those around them. The best can recognize those skills early on. Not only will development make work easier as they improve and grow, it will also foster morale. In addition, they may develop some skills that you don’t possess that will be beneficial to the workplace. Share your knowledge with your team. Give them the opportunity to achieve. You will have their respect and loyalty if you do.

5. They Know How to Communicate

This is far more complex than it actually sounds. Good communication skills are essential for a great leader. You may very well understand the cave of crazy that is your brain, but that doesn’t mean that you can adequately take the ideas out of it and explain them to someone else. They can’t all be idiots if this problem seems to be a reoccurring one (well, probably not, anyway). The best leaders need to be able to communicate clearly with the people around them.

6. They Have a Sense of Humor

It’s imperative for any kind of leader to have a sense of humor, particularly when things go wrong. And they will. Your team members are going to be looking to you for how to react in a seemingly dire situation. It would probably be best if you weren’t stringing up a noose for yourself in the corner. You need to be able to laugh things off, because if staff morale goes down, so will productivity. Establish this environment prior to any kind of meltdown by encouraging humor and personal discussions in the work place

7. They Show Commitment

This has a double meaning, because I’m all deep and whatnot. Firstly, you need to stick to your commitments and promises. If you don’t you will come across as an untrustworthy leader and people won’t have any confidence in you. Secondly, you need to be the most committed and hard working person on the job. You need to lead by example. All great leaders do this. Why should your staff and team members give it their all if you don’t bother to? By proving your own commitment you will inspire others to do the same, as well as earn their respect and instill a good work ethic.

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