5 Characteristics of Great Leaders

The better leader you become, the better off your team and organization. In fact, not only you benefit from honing your leadership skills, but also your team and other people you interact or transact with.

If you’ve committed to stepping up your leadership game, make sure you consider these 5 characteristics of great leaders.

1. Competence

Great leaders are competent at what they do. They are knowledgeable in their chosen field. They can be trusted to get the work done. And their team knows that they can get help and answers to their questions.

That’s not to say that they know everything and that they never need the help of others. Not at all. They know when they need the help of others and don’t hesitate to ask.

If you’re going to be effective as a leader, you must be competent in your chosen field, otherwise, your credibility and influence as a leader will suffer. People must trust that you can get the job done—with excellence.

2. Communication

Communication is the bread and butter of leaders. In fact, leaders are in the communication business. They must clearly communicate their vision, their goals, their expectations, their proposals, their appreciation so that there would be no doubt in the mind of the receiver.

By keeping open lines of communication, great leaders maintain healthy relationships with various stakeholders. For instance, they’re skillful at providing constructive feedback to their team members. And because of their communication skills, team members are receptive to the feedback.

If you want to become a great leader, you must sharpen your communication skills.

3. Confidence

Great leaders exude confidence in who they are and what they do. They know their value, and thus, aren’t intimidated by others or jealous of other people’s achievements and successes.

They don’t feel threatened by talented team members. All the contrary, they love to see their team members shine and get recognition for their contributions.

These leaders have an unshakable positive attitude. In stressful situations, they’re able to maintain their calm and adjust skillfully to curve balls thrown at them. And when they have to make decisions—even though one—they make them and take full responsibility for them.

4. Commitment

Great leaders are committed to their vision and their team and its objectives. They’re loyal to the organization they serve.

When facing opposition, obstacles, and setbacks, they refuse to let themselves discouraged. They stay motivated and persevere until they reach their targets.

To become a great leader, you must be driven by a strong commitment to your vision and to your team, otherwise, the impetuous winds you’ll face will deter you from achieving your goals.

5. Care

Great leaders actually care about what they do and about the people they serve. Great leaders strive to produce great work.

Great leaders treat people with respect and are sensitive to their needs. When others face challenges, great leaders show up to assist.

To become a great leader, you must care. Care about your work. You must believe that your organization is doing meaningful that deserves to be done with excellence. And this mindset will positively impact the people you work with.

Care about your team. Care about their experience in the workplace, about their development, care about their career goals. Help them grow and become better at their work. Help them acquire new skills and take on new responsibilities in the workplace. Your team will feel if you have their best interests at heart.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.