7 Qualities That Define a Great Leader
August 8, 2018 by Bill Rosenthal

Leaders of the modern business world are failing to build a sense of trust and loyalty with their employees. Nearly one-third of employees say that they do not trust their company’s management nor do they feel empowered in their current position, but it does not have to be this way.

Managers and leaders who exemplify great leadership traits not only foster a sense of trust with their employees, but also inspire their teams to accomplish their goals. These essential traits help retain your employees and keep them motivated while also building a culture of trust in the office.

  1. Integrity and Honesty – When employees see a lack of honesty or integrity from their leaders, it is nearly impossible to build trust with them. Whether it is something as simple as acknowledging a mistake, giving compliments and credit where they are due, or putting quality first, a true leader makes sure that they always do what is right regardless of how it makes them look or hurts their ego.
  2. Enthusiasm and Empowerment– Employees can spot insincere enthusiasm a mile away. When leaders are passionate and excited about their product or services, it is contagious around the office. Your attitude as a leader will determine the direction in which your company travels and will inspire the enthusiasm of your employees. A good leader also has faith in the employees that are under them. They believe that their team members are up to face any challenges ahead and cheer them on as they achieve their goals.
  3. Competent – There is a difference between those who are simply good at their jobs and those who exhibit the traits of a truly effective leader. Those who emerge as excellent workers who are good at what they do while understanding the goals and procedures of the company are incredibly important, but it does not mean that they are leadership material. Competent leaders are able to mentor, motivate, inspire, and direct employees while also doing all of the aforementioned skills of a great employee.
  4. Personality – Employees are much more likely to follow someone that they genuinely like. While it is impossible to be adored by everyone, a good leader should strive to make himself or herself approachable and friendly to everyone in the office. 
  5. Decision Making – The ability to make fast, difficult decisions with limited information is a skill that is critical for an effective leader. You must be able to make a final decision with conviction while taking responsibility for it and seeing the choice through.
  6. Communication – Leaders must be able to instruct, motivate, listen, and constructively criticize their subordinates. None of these tasks are accomplishable without developed communication skills, as poor communication will lead to failure and miscommunication in the office. Leaders who do not exhibit or fail to develop their communication skills are often perceived as ineffective or weak.
  7. Loyalty – Great leaders make it known that they have their employees’ backs when it really matters. They give their employees the resources necessary to execute their jobs while also standing up for a team member in a crisis.

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