Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader

By HR|April 4, 2016|Business, Growth, Leadership|

Great leaders aren’t born, they’re made. Here at 5 North Inc, we focus on finding and developing the next great leader. Having a great idea is not enough. To create a successful business venture, a great leader needs to find and assemble a team to bring that concept to life. Great leaders can successfully execute this idea with their team. This is what separates dreamers from entrepreneurs.

Forbes shared a list of key qualities that every good leader should possess and learn to emphasize compiled by Tanya Prive. Tanya has built a career founding businesses and helping small businesses grow. Do you fit into all these qualifications? Check it out!

  1. Honesty

Whatever morals you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team, it is crucial to raise the bar even higher. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself. If you make honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.

  1. Delegate

In order to progress, you must learn to trust your team with your vision. Therefore, delegation is one of the most important skills you must develop to grow your business. The key to this is identifying the strengths of you team and capitalizing on them. This is the best way to empower your team.

  1. Communication

If you cannot relate your vision to your team, nothing will get done. Productive work environments all depend on health lines of communication. Your team will learn to trust and depend on you, and will be less hesitant to approach you and work harder.

  1. Confidence

There will always be days where the future of your vision is worrisome and things do not go according to plan. This is true with any business. The most important thing is not to panic. Keep your confidence high, assure everyone that setbacks are natural and the important thing is to focus on the bigger picture. Your team will take cues from you. So, as a leader, the most important thing to help your team is to stay calm and confident.

  1. Commitment

There is no greater motivation than seeing the boss working alongside everyone else, showing that hard work is being done on every level. If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality results, you need to lead by example.

  1. Positive Attitude

Keep the energy levels up! If you want to keep your team motivated, keep the office mood upbeat and positive. Whether that means providing snacks, or even the occasional beer in the office, remember that everyone on your team is a person. If your team feels happy, they will devote their best work to the company.

  1. Creativity

Some decisions will not always be black or white. You may be forced to deviate from your plan. This is where creativity will prove vital to the success of the company. As a leader, it is important to think outside the box. It is during these situations that your team will look to you for guidance. So being innovative will help you reach your goal.

  1. Intuition

When running a business and leading a team, there is no roadmap to follow. Everything is uncertain, the risk is higher and the pressure is higher. This is where your natural intuition plays a key role. The difficult decisions will be up to you and eventually, you will need to follow your gut instinct for those answers. Learn to trust yourself.

  1. Inspire

Inspiring your team to see the vision of the future success is crucial. Make your team feel invested in the accomplishments of the company. This is necessary not only for focusing on future goals, but it also helps navigate current issues. It is your job to keep spirits up, and that begins with an appreciation for hard work.

  1. Approach

No human being is the same. This is a basic concept, yet one that is frequently overlooked. In order to optimize your effectiveness as a leader, you must have the ability to customize your approach on a person by person basis. The capacity to do this will play a huge role in getting your team to do their best work.

Read Tanya’s full article on Forbes here.

Keep reading the 5 North Inc Leadership Blog to learn more about our thoughts on leadership in the business world.

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