5 Skills Every Great Leader Must Possess

26 Sep 5 Skills Every Great Leader Must Possess

Skills Every Great Leader Must Possess

Skills Every Great Leader Must Possess

If you have a business, even if it is a small business, you have to become a leader for those who work with you. Those who have a small startup in the garage are in need of quality leadership just as much as those who are in charge of billion dollar companies. They say that some people are born leaders, but that’s not really the case. Those “born leaders” are usually keen observers. They know what works and what doesn’t work in leadership roles, and they know enough to develop the skills they need early.

The following are 5 skills the all leaders need to possess. Some of these things will seem innate to you, and others you will be able to improve.

Learn to Listen

One of the most important things that a leader needs to do is to be able to listen. Those who charge recklessly ahead with their plans without heeding the words of those around them are doomed to failure. Those who are on your team may well have thoughtful insight into different projects or products, and learning to listen can help your overall business.

Motivate the Right Way

Motivation is important to any group, but a leader needs to motivate the right way. You should never use fear as a motivator. The only thing that it’s going to do is turn your staff against you. Instead, you want to use praise to motivate. Be sincere in your interactions with your team, and be honest. They will appreciate this and it will show in their work.

Use Proper Methods of Discipline

If you need to enforce discipline on a staff member, you need to do it the right way. Be respectful, and discipline in privacy. When dealing with personal problems, a good leader knows how to keep emotion out of the conversation and he or she will not become personally involved.

Learn to Utilize the Skills of Your Team

Good leaders surround themselves with a good team, and they make sure that they are utilizing the skills of every team member to their fullest. Leaders are going to empower others to take leadership roles as well.

Take Responsibility

Leaders that people respect are those who are able to stand by their decisions and take responsibility, even when they were wrong.

Do you believe that you are a good leader? What are some of the skills that you bring to the table and that you think are vital in developing great leadership?

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1Comment
  • Vanessa
    Posted at 21:06h, 26 September Reply

    I am a good leader and just thought these traits were basically inborn. Thinking back on it now, I can see where I learned most of these things as a small child. My grandfather, whom I adored, was one of the best leaders I have ever met in my life.

    I also find that most people treat members of their team or staff more like assets that they “own”, rather than valuable persons who have feelings, ideas, and minds. I find that if you treat a person like what you expect them to be, they will very often live up to (or down to) your expectation.

    I also work to place people in circumstances where they are likely to excel, not sabotage them right out of the starting gate. Give a person the best opportunity to thrive and they just might amaze you.

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