Characteristics of Good Leadership


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The word leadership is often a vague or blurry term that can have varying definitions. This is because specific characteristics of good leadership can be conducive to the leader’s style, work environment, management skills, and the ability to work as a team player. Even so, a good leader will have a keen sense of their unique style, and how to work effectively with their team. The leader has learned to be flexible in their role as a leader because flexibility opens communication and serves to inspire and motivate.

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9 Common Characteristics of Good Leadership Skills

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In addition to being an enthusiastic good communicator with a special skill for listening, the common characteristics of good leadership also include:

1. Sees the Value in Others - Successful leaders see the benefit of mentoring others to become leaders too. In fact, taking a leadership development role provides the ideal platform for the organization to share experiences with others, whether good or bad.

2. Shares Important Information - Disrespected leaders tend to withhold information as a way to hold the power over the group. Alternatively, sharing is one of the strong characteristics of good leadership, to spread information out to others to work collectively as a team.

3. Maintains above Average Character - While no one is perfect, leaders must maintain unquestionable morals and values within the organization. While leaders naturally draw criticism from others, maintaining a high level of trust within the group will help define his or her character, which works to the benefit of the organization.

4. Is Competent and Skillful –Leadership is always about reaching the goal. A good leader is competent and uses their skills to complete the task. If they are unable to perform the job on their own, they find the individuals that can. Delegating when necessary is part of competency and skillful leadership.

5.  Continuously Learns – Good leaders recognize the importance of learning, and using education to better the organization. The leader maintains their continuing education through reading, Web-based learning, conferences, or through the words and actions of other leaders.

6. Allows Others to Succeed – A successful leader is never threatened by the success of another. They have a firm understanding that followers will sometimes outgrow the ability of the leader, to the betterment of the organization. They understand that success and achievement helps make all members of the team stronger.

7. Open to Change – A good leader considers every point of view and is willing to change any outdated program and policy, or any plan that no longer serves the benefit of the organization.

8. Organized – A successful leader is always prepared for a meeting, event or presentation, and helps manage those around them to remain organized and prepared as well.

9. Maintains Initiative - Exceptional leadership involves ongoing initiative. The leader often serves as the organization’s initiator and motivator and serves as the crucial element in planning and implementing new events, policies, programs and ideas.

The above characteristics of good leadership, along with being accountable, approachable and accessible make strong leaders successful. Their efforts to encourage strategic thinking, growth and change allow their organization to stay healthy.

Thank you and may God bless you! 



Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Concepts of Leadership

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Much has been written about the concepts of leadership; however, after all the dust settles it comes back to the same old time-tested methods that have been used from the beginning of time. Sure, we have given them all fancy high-tech names like autocratic, participative, transactional, transformational, situational, and many more.

It is also repeated over and over that leaders are made and not born! I say hogwash to that statement! Typically, the ones singing that song loudly are those that are selling leadership training to those individuals that will never become leaders no matter how many seminars they set through. If it were possible to train someone to be a great leader then the world would be filled with them since there are more leadership training classes, seminars, manuals, books, audio tapes, video tapes, then anyone could ever imagine. With all these resources available why are there not more great leaders out there!

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Concepts of Leadership

I sit in the camp that leaders are born! Yes, I know that I am in the minority but after being in the business world for nearly forty years I have seen a lot of people come and go that claimed to be leaders, but were far from it. 

When it comes to the concepts of leadership that I feel have been tested throughout time it boils down to a few traits that matter most and all great leaders have had them. They are a part of the personality of an individual and no matter how many training classes a person attends it will not become a part of them. Please keep in mind there is no particular importance to the order I will address these concepts of leadership in.

The first concept or trait is does a person have the ability to see what something can become? Do they have a vision? But just as important as being able to have a vision is being able to communicate that vision in a way that inspires others to see it and want to follow you in your efforts to fulfill that vision. So, from the beginning of time this type of person has been who the masses will follow.

The second concept of leadership is integrity. Although the term integrity is thrown around so much it is hard to define anymore what it exactly means I will give you my definition. Can you be believed and trusted by those following you? If they don’t believe or trust you then you will never be a leader no matter how many leadership training classes you attend. Sure, you may be able to lie to them for a time but sooner or later they will figure it out and then your reign as leader will be up. 

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Concepts of Leadership

If I tried to pull off being a professional NFL coach it will not work no matter what my vision was or how good of a leader I think I am since I have never played professional football or coached it. How could I ever be seen as believable when I was trying to sell my vision to the players? My integrity would be shot!

To me these are the two most important concepts of leadership there are. They are the foundation to build the rest of your skills upon. These two concepts of leadership make up the personality of a great leader. Like I began with it really doesn’t matter what style of leadership I use I must have the inbred traits or I will not be effective.

Having said all the above there are many people out in the business world pretending to be leaders using some new fancy technique that they just learned in an expensive leadership seminar and are wondering why it is not working. They continue to wonder why people are not following them! They are modeling the style they just learned in that expensive class but it is not working. Why?

The answer is simple! The key is that they are modeling someone else’s style and most likely do not have a style of their own because they are not a natural leader at all. They are breaking one of the basic concepts of leadership by pretending to be something they are not. Integrity! By not having integrity it makes it impossible to achieve the other concept and that is selling your vision!


Thank you and may God bless you! 



Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Developing Trust

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Let's talk about developing trust and how it relates to communication with our staff. Let's dig into the subject just a bit more and see how it might all tie together.

As we already know, trust plays a key role in so many things in life.

Let's just think about that for a moment and name some of the simple things that we place our trust in without giving it a second thought.

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Developing Trust

How about when we go to the local Super Market? We trust that the food products they are providing are not contaminated.

When we put gas into our vehicles, we trust it is not watered down or dirty.

When we get onto an airplane, we trust that it is safe to fly in.

When you go to the doctor and they issue a medication, we trust they know that it is safe for us.

Now what can change your trust quickly with any of these above?

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Developing Trust

How about, if you get sick from something you ate from the market. Your car stalls after you put gas into it. The Airlines you normally choose to fly on is involved in an accident. The medication you received from your doctor is involved in a law suit for causing premature deaths.

In many cases if the above happens we choose a different place or person the next time we need that service. Doesn't matter what their advertisements say.

The workplace is no different. If you fail them, the trust factor goes down a lot faster than it goes up.

So, remember, everything you do or say in the workplace will be measured by someone in your work group. Good or bad. Even if you failed to acknowledge them as you speed by. They don't care that you are on your way to a meeting you are late for.

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Developing Trust

Some of them are looking for anything possible to prove you are not trustworthy. For others it will take a little bit more to make them feel you are not trustworthy. Some will blindly trust you no matter what your actions are.

So besides just telling the truth, how do we build a trustworthy relationship with our staff?

Here are some simple, but effective ways to do it.

If you are able, I would do my best to try and see everyone in your work group every day. That means that you will have to get up from behind your desk and tour through the department. As you go through your department, acknowledge them. This does not mean, just a head nod, or a casual wave. It means say something to them, even if it is how was your weekend? Or maybe, something less engaging like, thanks for your hard work. But be specific, and do not do and say the exact same thing every day.

Developing Trust: Acknowledge good work!

Others things you can do are to have pot lucks, a generic monthly birthday cake for those having a birthday in that month, bring a desert day, fun days where you do some crazy activity like blind folding someone and they have to navigate a maze by following the direction of a team mate, and so on.

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Acknowledge good work, whether it is performed by the entire team or individually. Don't overlook this effective tool! Nothing worse than working hard day after day and no one acknowledges your work. I would do this verbally on a consistent basis, and more formally with letters and/or plaques on more significant accomplishments. The point is to let them know you are seeing what they do, and not just the negative things. You may give them time off, gift certificates, or even cash awards.

Now we can go on and on, but the point is that trust is not just built on the words that come out of your mouth, but your overall actions.

Ask yourself again, do you meet their needs? What are their needs?

Once you establish that trust, the work group will truly begin to move forward. Everything from changes in processes to asking for volunteers will be so much easier.

Trust and respect go together. Earning it takes time, dedication and hard work.

Thank you and May God Bless You!



Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Effective Leadership

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Whether you recently launched a startup, run a small business, or own a successful corporation, you should never lose sight of what it means to be a great leader. Strong leadership is ultimately the backbone of a successful company.

No matter how many strategies you employ and how rapidly your company innovates, you’ll struggle to get ahead if you sideline the power of leadership. In this blog, we’ll cover the most effective skills and qualities of a good leader. If you’re struggling to motivate and empower your workforce, these insights will help you gradually turn things around and become the leader your company needs. While the top leadership qualities are subjective, there are a few key skills that are imperative. It’s important to note that these qualities don’t come easy.

You won’t wake up one day and have things down to a tee. Similarly, you can’t attend a crash course and leave with a new set of skills ingrained in your mind. Cultivating strong leadership skills takes time. It’s a lifelong process that never ends. Unfortunately, it also never begins for some people. If you fail to familiarize yourself with great leaders and their qualities, you’ll never know what it means to be a leader who inspires change. Continue reading to start the journey and slowly but surely get there.

For any business, growth lies in effective leadership. But what makes a successful leader? Are they born or made? And do you have what it takes to become an effective leader?

Here are the top traits that most good leaders have:

Effective Leadership Have These Qualities

# 1 - Flexibility

Great leaders are flexible. Things don’t always go as planned in life. This is especially true for the professional environment. From economic trends to government regulation to competition, companies must endure a series of changes to survive.

An effective leader is someone who embraces change with an open mind. He or she motivates their team to move forward. At times, they might have to change business strategy. Change doesn’t put them down because they want to make sure that their business survives.

# 2- Solid communication

Communication is imperative for effective leadership. It is what sets apart good and mediocre leaders. It’s critical for anyone in a leadership role to communicate openly, honestly and effectively. This entails both verbal and non-verbal communication. After all, training and empowering team members depend on solid lines of communication. Moreover, clear communication is the key to gaining employee trust.

Speaking well isn’t enough. A leader must have impeccable writing, public speaking, presentation and one-on-one communication skills.

# 3 – Patience and courage 

Good leaders lead by example. Before expecting hard work from their team, a true leader walks the talk. They are persistent and patience. In fact, they continue fighting until they achieve favorable results. 

They take calculated risks to achieve company goals. Moreover, a true leader takes responsibility for their actions. 

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# 4- Commitment and passion

Commitment is a must-have for an effective leadership trait. A dedicated leader earns the respect of their team. In addition, this level of commitment encourages their team to work equally as hard. Besides work, a leader should be committed to the promises they make.

Passion is infectious. That’s why it’s essential for leaders to be passionate about what they do. Being passionate inspires employees to connect with company vision.

# 5- Decision making

Business leaders face a multitude of complex decisions. Although decision making can be challenging, it is an essential characteristic for result-oriented leadership.

Decisions pertaining to the company, employees, stakeholders and more are required on a daily basis. It is therefore vital to implement a decision-making process, such as SWOT analysis. Regardless of the system, business leaders avoid making hasty decisions. They should analyze the effects of their decisions and stick to the decisions made.

For more information on effective leadership skills, check out Leadership Skills for Life. The website offers extensive information and numerous examples/samples of employee written warning letter, employee appreciation letters, and more.

Thank you and may God Bless you! 



Characteristics of Good Leadership:
A Good Leader

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Most people think a good leader automatically equates with a specific job title or position. If you think like that too, stop! Being a leader requires more than having a fancy job title, in fact even employees at a base managerial position can become a great leader for the people working under them!

True Leadership Isn’t About Commandeering People, It’s About Influencing Them

Influencing people to do what? Achieving a better result for a group or company is always at the crux, when it comes to being an employer or manager. Of course, you want your team to achieve the best possible result but you won’t have to drive this into the team, if you are a leader. Other people will want to follow your leadership, willingly and happily. Anyone can manage a team but not everyone can lead and guide them towards one goal, while giving them the foundation to grow and develop. A true leader…  

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
A Good Leader Inspires and Motivates Their Employees

Do you want to know what motivates employees, to unlock their potential and achieve results like never before? Great leaders create a vivid and compelling vision of the future that seems fantastic and achievable to employees! This is important – your employees won’t work hard to get a future that they think is unachievable.

Communicates Ideas Powerfully and Prolifically

Good leaders have great communication skills. By means of one-on-one conversations, team meetings, email messages, or any other medium, great leaders are able to communicate their ideas clearly to team members. Moreover, they just don’t talk but just do it as well! 

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
A Good Leader Will Help Team Members Grow & Develop

Ever knew someone who continuously worked on himself, improving technical and professional expertise but also spared time to help his fellow team members? That is the mark of a true leader, with or without a fancy designation. The best leaders are those who think about their team members and employees – setting aside time and money to build and develop the workforce. They say no crop grows without farming, i.e., placing good soil, water and allowing the little seed to grow into a tall and sturdy tree.

Looking for advancement in your career and move into a more leadership capable role? Or you might already assume such responsibilities, i.e., a team under your guidance. Following is some of the most important things you must perform, without hesitation in order to be a successful leader in the workplace.

  • Make a free and safe environment for your employees to speak-up
  • Communicate expectations that you have, clearly Offer help and guidance wherever necessary for the fulfillment of those expectations
  • Challenge people to think outside of the box
  • Always lead by example
  • Measure and reward employee performance
  • Be accountable to yourself and others

Take the first step towards being a good leader today. Visit Leadership Skills for Life and revel in educational resources, motivational and inspirational leadership stories, and more!



Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Problem Solving

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Problem Solving is an essential component of leadership. Business leaders today are faced with countless tough decisions that need to be made every day.

And every decision taken has serious ramifications. If you need help enhancing your problem-solving skills, follow these strategies:

Perform an analysis

Conduct a situation analysis. What is the real problem, and why do you need to make the decision?  Who will it affect? What would happen if it’s not made?

Assess the tools, i.e., data, interviews, surveys, supporting information and research you have for arriving at a decision.

Performing this stage of the problem-solving process is key. We have all heard the old saying, garbage in - garbage out! It is very true when it comes to solving problems. If we don't truly understand the actual problem, we are spinning our wheels.

Take the time necessary to fully grasp what the problem is before moving forward with the rest of the process.

Set emotions aside

Leaders have to make tough decisions all the time. Some of your decisions may not please your team. But sometimes you don't have much of a choice, if we are putting the concerns of the entire team and company first. 

Clear your head and make the decision. Focus on the bigger picture. Try to understand the actual problem and remember that you can’t always please everyone, all the time.

Take Time

When evaluating the problem correctly you must take time to make the right decision, especially if it’s a big one. Give yourself enough time to process the information you have. That being said, don’t take too much of everyone’s time. Once you have enough facts about the problem, get it done and over with.

Communicate effectively

Not everyone sees the problem the same way and may not always accept the decision you made easily. Some people will need more time to process it. Explain the decision to them. Be specific and open.

However, once you have explained the decision you made about the problem it’s time to move forward and don't let this linger in the workplace.

Assess risk-reward

If you’re on the fence about a decision, compare the potential risks with rewards. A risk-reward ratio is a solid technique to determine the success or failure of a decision.

Determine if it’s the right thing to do

Do you believe in your decision? Do you stand behind it? Assess whether it’s something that requires you to compromise your personal values, integrity or character.

Trust your gut

Listen to your instincts. It’s much stronger that you may realize. Alongside analytics, check what your gut says.

Have a back up

Always have a plan B. Sometimes things may not run in your favor. What do you do then? Thus, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan.

Make the decision

Last, but not last, make the decision, no matter how uncertain or difficult it may seem. You will never know its success or failure unless you actually run with it.

For more valuable tips on effective leadership, we’ve got you covered. We understand leadership and management needs of modern workplaces. We offer an array of educational resources and tools, along with countless examples of good leadership qualities, to help you take on the role of a successful leader.



Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Five Communication Skills

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There are at least five communication skills that are worth mastering if you want to be successful! There’s no question that communication is a critical leadership skill. Good leaders are great communicators. Clear, open communication is imperative in several aspects of life, especially in business. And for any individual to succeed at the workplace, effective communication skills are indispensable.

Whether you’re starting out or have adequate experience in your organization, here are 5 communication skills you need to master:

#1 Interpersonal communication

Self-communication has a direct impact on your self-esteem and self-confidence. An individual’s internal dialogue shapes their thoughts and attitude.

Positive self-communication leads to better self-confidence. Therefore, take control of your thoughts. Similarly, watch your body language and tone. Make sure you communicate with the appropriate body language and tone.

#2 Specificity and clarity

Solid communication is clear, specific and well defined. It has a specific purpose. It is simple yet impactful. Learn to communicate with specificity and clarity. This helps avoid confusion.

Think before you speak. Aim to simplify your message so that the listener can relate to what you are saying. Avoid jargon and unnecessary details. Don’t speak in generalities. Make your words count.

#3 Private communication

One-on-one communication plays a significant role in your personal and professional life. Trust and openness is the key to strong private communication. When you communicate face-to-face, be direct and respectful. Also, listen to the other party. After all, communication is a two-way street.

#4 Group communication

If you have a fear of public speaking, you are not alone. Most business executives are terrified of speaking in large groups. Whether it’s a business conference or a presentation, great communicators speak coherently and concisely to groups of people.

Use powerful verbal and non-verbal language to master the art of public speaking. Maintain eye contact with the audience to better connect with them. Remember short is sweet. Don’t speak for too long. Give some time for the listeners to absorb what you said.

#5 Open mindedness  

Communicate with an open mind. Seek out the opinion of those who contradict and oppose your views. This can help you grow on an individual and professional level. 

At the end of the day, what matters is your willingness to have an open discussion with those who challenge or confront you. Mastering the process of effective communication takes time and effort. The more you practice, the better you will get at it.

Thank you and may God bless you!



Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Leader or a Follower

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A very commonly asked question in job interviews is, “Are you a leader or a follower?”

Many people say that they are leaders; thinking that this is the answer that interviewers are looking for.

However, if you don't back up your answer with appropriate reasoning-what actually makes you a leader-the interviewer isn't going believe you.

Here are some characteristics of good leadership that determine whether you are a leader or a follower

They Go the extra-mile

Leaders do not just do their jobs. In fact, they consider their job description to be the minimum expectations that their organization has of them. They constantly look for ways to add value and excel at what they do. This is why they constantly go the extra-mile and perform beyond expectations.

Followers on the other hand are content with completing their daily task. Doesn’t matter if they love their job or not, they will just perform according to their job description.

They’re Optimistic

Leaders are optimistic and constantly look for opportunities. They don’t dwell on limitations, but make the best use of the available resources to get things going. This is because they remain in control of situations they are involved in and have the confidence to influence outcomes.

Followers, on the other hand, are not in control of any situation and if adversities arise, they tend to focus on limitations.

They Embrace Change

Leaders see change as an opportunity to become better. In most situations, leaders are the ones that initiate change and get the maximum out of any situation.

Followers, on the other hand, see change as a threat and resist it as much as possible. They tend to feel safe with the way things and dislike any sort of disruption.

They Are Decisive

Followers are often hesitant in making tough decisions because they are not willing to accept responsibility of the outcome.

On the contrary, leaders remain positive when making tough calls, even if they aren’t sure about the outcome. They’d rather accept the consequences of a wrong decision than remain indecisive.

They Are Accountable

Leaders aren’t afraid to admit their fault and accept full accountability when things go wrong, whereas, followers are quick to blame.

They’re Self-motivated

Leaders do not need a title of “Manager” to lead. They are self-motivated to perform. They do not consider their job as something that they do, but as something that they are.

Followers are only motivated by carrot and stick. They always have their eyes on the next raise, higher title or possible punishment.

Next time when you are asked this question in the interview, you will know how to back up your answer with appropriate reasoning.

Remember, leadership is more than just management.

Thank you for reviewing this article on a leader or a follower.

May God Bless You!



Characteristics of Good Leadership:
5 Leadership and Management Skills

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There are some leadership and management skills that managers need to invest in for their growth. Learn more about these must-have abilities to be a good leader.

Leadership skills are often thought of as some innate set of abilities or personality traits that will wow anyone and win over rooms full of people. More often than not, however, they’re really just learnable skills!

You can easily pick up on many of the most sought-after skills and the best characteristics of a leader, learning to improve your day-to-day professional and personal habits in the process.

Any manager working in today’s hyper-competitive, hyper-aware world, should focus on the following skills and practices:

Here are the 5 Leadership and Management Skills Worth Investing in

1. Development for yourself and your team

You only stop learning when you die. In a world that is continuously progressing, technologically growing and moving forward, and always evolving, there’s no moment when you’re not learning.

And the makings of a great leader are precisely these abilities to grow. Developing your knowledge and skill set and your employees’ growth helps you be a better manager, keeps your skills and knowledge up to date, and prevents stagnation.

2. Innovative thinking and planning

Innovation is a cornerstone of true success, and without it, your management style is likely to fall flat. You should focus on being fresh, innovative, and experimental with your approach, which can lead to better growth and ideas. Plan and strategize using these innovative thinking methods, and don’t be afraid to play with the norm.

3. Ethical, conscious decision-making

Beyond being a manager, being an ethical manager is crucial. Staying fair, protecting your employees, their interests, and their development while making decisions that align with not only company sentiments but humanistic values too. Be wary of your business decisions and their social and environmental impact, and try your best to stay honest to your principles.

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4. Patience and empathy toward your team

These are not virtues but rather skills that we build over time. As a manager, you should be mindful of your employees’ struggles, and know where their weaknesses lie and help them overcome them rather than leaving them to cope on their own. You don’t need to be their therapist or counselor, but rather a mentor who can provide them with insight, tips, guidance, and more.

5. Time management and effective communication

Communication skills are vital for managers—and no, sending out overly cheery emails and making small talk during lunch doesn’t count. To be an effective communicator, you should help your employees feel heard by actively listening, hearing and validating their concerns, and responding appropriately.

Time management is another skill every manager should possess because it’s what keeps you from going off the rails and missing work/life balance. You’re not only responsible for yourself when you’re in management, and knowing when to finish and getting done then is a game changer.

It’s no longer enough to show up and maintain the status quo. Take control of the system you’re in and create a healthier, more productive, and positive work culture. Invest in these leadership and management skills for life and showcase your talents and abilities in the best way possible. Check out our leadership skills content and our leadership training to make a positive change for the future.



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Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Leadership Traits

Find out what leadership traits you need so that you can focus on improving them. Leadership in the right hands can do more to improve productivity, retention, and employee loyalty than anything else.

So, what leadership traits make a great leader?

Having spent time in the United States Marine Corps I feel I can speak to this question with authority!

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Leadership Traits

Let's start the discussion with trust.

Trust is more than just being honest.

Trust is more than just keeping one’s word when they make a statement.

Trust is a living, breathing, ever growing leadership trait that takes time and commitment to earn but can be washed away in a single action!

Trust is not earned with idle words that on the surface are true!

Trust is lived out each and every day of a leader's life.

People watch and measure a leader's actions very closely and critically. If someone cheats on their spouse how easy will it be for them to lie to you!  If they hear you criticize someone behind their back their trust in you will be washed away!

One of the most critical violations of trust would be throwing one of your staff members under the bus for a decision you made, or worse to save yourself!

So as far as leadership traits go Trust is at the top of the list!

Tied for second place would be Servant and Unselfishness!

Serving your staff does not mean taking orders from them I

In the most basic sense, it means that you will meet all of their needs as it relates to their job.

Notice I said needs and not desires!

A need would be to be respected.

A need would be to have the necessary tools, equipment, and supplies to do their job correctly.

A need would be to feel appreciated.

A need would be to be treated fairly.

Unselfishness is a little bit harder to define but nonetheless still extremely important as far as leadership traits go.

It's easy to say we must put our staff before ourselves, but what exactly does that mean?

In addition, if we don't keep things in perfect balance, it violates every principal of good business practices.

For instance, if we only concern ourselves with our employees and forget about our customer and owner we will soon be out of business.

The same can be said if we give all the advantages to either the owner or customer.

So, giving our staff things is not what is meant by being unselfish!

It is sacrificing our time to make sure that they have what they need.

It might be stopping to check on them when you have a pile of work sitting on your desk.

It might be putting everything aside and doing what you can to help when you hear of a tough time they are going through.

It might be taking responsibility for your team when things go bad, but giving credit to an individual when they deserve it.

Understanding that there are many more examples and many more leadership traits but I am hopeful you understand the importance of the three leadership traits listed above.

Bottom line is that your actions speak much more loudly than any of your words could ever do!

As a leader you are being watched 100% of the time, and please never forget that!



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Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Leadership Skills

I am still learning new leadership skills everyday even after being in the business world for almost forty years! It sounds like double speak when you hear people say things like I just said, but for me it is as true as it could ever be. The day I stop learning is the day I need to crawl into a pine wooden box and throw dirt on me, because my life will be over.

Over the years I have been to every type of leadership skills training class you can imagine. I must say that there are some really good ones that I have attended. On the other hand, there are some equally bad ones also. In either case I have tried to come away with something from all of them. However, the best lessons learned for me have always been real life experiences.

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Leadership Skills

As an example, just recently one of my sons who has schizophrenia was placed on a twenty-four-hour hold be the local police department for calling 911 because he thought that someone was trying to assassinate him. In his mind it was as real. He was terrified. On the flip side of the coin, he had a tremendous fear of being confined against his will in a locked mental ward. I met him in the hospital as they were initially processing him to take him to the locked ward. During this time, I was able to talk him through two shots and drawing blood.

In my son’s case he was convinced about several things during his twenty-four-hour hold. One of them was that the shots that were being given to him contained a poison that would kill him. I was able to talk him through the process assuring him he would be OK. When he finally received his first shot you could just see the relief in his body when he didn't die. He even turned and gave the nurse that injected the medicine a hug in relief. This has never happened. What put the icing on the cake was for the first time he uttered the words I love you Dad! I couldn't have received a better reward!

Life presents us with all types of issues every single day that we can either complain about or turn into something good. That is what good leadership skills are! Not leaning forward and performing active listening! No, good leadership skills are earned through the school of life and very few times in the actual classroom. I have learned my share of skills through tough and painful times; however, I wouldn't trade even one of them for what I learned going through it.

Thank you for visiting this page of my web site on Leadership Skills.

May God Bless You!



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Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Leading vs Managing

Leading vs managing. While these terms are often used interchangeably, there are quite a few differences. The main differentiation between them is that leaders have others following them while managers have others working for them.

Successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and business owners understand that in order to be truly successful, they need to be both a powerful leader and manager to get their lineup on board and follow them towards the fulfillment of their vision.

Whether you are running a large multi-national corporation, or a small local franchise, fact of the matter is that maintaining the equilibrium between leadership and management is vital. Know how they go together with each other and you’ll be on the course to success with a group of devoted, motivated employees with you.

Here are some of the major differences between managers and leaders. If you hold a leadership role or desire to in the future, make sure you cover each of these areas to truly be effective at your job.

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Leading vs Managing

Managers expect clear inputs and outputs from implemented processes because their foremost job is to keep the machine running smoothly. On the other hand, leaders aren’t look for mechanical perfection. Leaders want their teams to share the mission, with each individual member clearly knowing their own piece of the puzzle. Leaders allow team members to design their own jobs as much as possible. Leaders Are Better Aware of Themselves

Manage take a command-and-control view to every workplace situation. This keeps them from looking in the mirror and assessing their own work.

However, leaders assess themselves on a daily basis, more so than they do their team members. A leader never lets themselves be controlled by emotions such as fear or envy; some managers unfortunately fail to rise above these feelings.

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Leading vs Managing

True, effective leadership mandates trusting on your team members without threatening or rewarding them unnecessarily. It is important for leaders to trust the instincts of their team members and give them the leeway to make their own decisions responsibly. Micro management is a trait that most leaders detest. However, doing this can be tough for a lot of managers who consider ‘getting things done’ their only task. However, modern management training is attempting to change this considerably by making delegation an attractive quality for both managers and leaders.

If you’d like to learn more about effective leadership traits and the differences between leading vs managing, visit Leadership Characteristics on this website.

May God Bless You!



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Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Team Conflict

There is no denying the fact that team conflict is an inevitable part of a competent workplace environment. When so many people are working together for diverse personal and organizational goals, differences are bound to emerge.

However, it remains the leader’s job to handle these team conflict scenarios in a way that is acceptable to all parties involved and beneficial for the organization on the whole.

Mishandled workplace conflicts can result in intense personal animosity leading to one, or all parties, losing their job.

Here is how good leaders approach workplace conflicts for quick and effective resolution:

1.     Start Off by Separating People from Problems

Conflicts are never one-sided. So, it’s a good idea to try and resolve it in collaboration by understanding the root cause of the problem. Try to address issues—and not people and their personalities—for quick resolution.

2.     Listen Carefully to All the Different Interests

Conflict can be further exacerbated if either party starts to believe that they didn’t get enough time to get their say.

So, keep the dialogue courteous and avoid blaming anyone, ensuring all parties have had enough time and their own turn to suitably discuss the matter at hand. Make sure all viewpoints come out and also invite possible solutions from the conflicting parties.

Everyone is more likely to be receptive to other’s perspectives, once they know their viewpoints have been considered.

3.     Set "Facts" Of the Situation Straight for All Parties

This may sound obvious but many managers regrettably skip this step. Different underlying interests, goals and needs may make everyone perceive the same facts differently, so it’s important to make sure that everyone is indeed on the same page and agreeable about the facts involved.

Sometimes, conflicts occur because of similar viewpoints about interlocking issues that affect everyone differently. In order to reach an agreement, look at all the relevant facts and make sure everyone is looking at the same thing for fruitful outcome.

4.     Take the Right Decision at The Right Time

Conflicts are entirely unnecessary and often simply a result of clash of egos in the workplace. However, it is never a good idea to avoid addressing them because smaller conflicts of today can result in potentially business-threatening situations of tomorrow. So, address the issue, no matter how trivial it may be, and take the right decision whenever you have hard evidence or proof of a wrongdoing.

If you’d like to learn more about how leaders can connect with their followers and turn disputes into an opportunity for learning and growth, take a tour of my website.

Characteristics of Good Leadership:
Team Conflict

There is no denying the fact that conflict is an inevitable part of a competent workplace environment. When so many people are working together for diverse personal and organizational goals, differences are bound to emerge.

However, it remains the leader’s job to handle these conflict scenarios in a way that is acceptable to all parties involved and beneficial for the organization on the whole.

Mishandled workplace conflicts can result in intense personal animosity leading to one, or all parties, losing their job.

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Photo by Chris Sabor on Unsplash

Here is how good leaders approach workplace conflicts for quick and effective resolution:

1.     Start Off by Separating People from Problems

Team conflicts are never one-sided. So, it’s a good idea to try and resolve it in collaboration by understanding the root cause of the problem. Try to address issues—and not people and their personalities—for quick resolution.

2.     Listen Carefully to All the Different Interests

Team conflict can be further exacerbated if either party starts to believe that they didn’t get enough time to get their say.

So, keep the dialogue courteous and avoid blaming anyone, ensuring all parties have had enough time and their own turn to suitably discuss the matter at hand. Make sure all viewpoints come out and also invite possible solutions from the conflicting parties.

Conflict-2

Photo by GR Stocks on Unsplash

Everyone is more likely to be receptive to other’s perspectives, once they know their viewpoints have been considered.

1.     Set "Facts" Of the Situation Straight for All Parties

This may sound obvious but many managers regrettably skip this step. Different underlying interests, goals and needs may make everyone perceive the same facts differently, so it’s important to make sure that everyone is indeed on the same page and agreeable about the facts involved.

Sometimes, conflicts occur because of similar viewpoints about interlocking issues that affect everyone differently. In order to reach an agreement, look at all the relevant facts and make sure everyone is looking at the same thing for fruitful outcome.

2.     Take the Right Decision at The Right Time

Team conflicts are entirely unnecessary and often simply a result of clash of egos in the workplace. However, it is never a good idea to avoid addressing them because smaller conflicts of today can result in potentially business-threatening situations of tomorrow. So, address the issue, no matter how trivial it may be, and take the right decision whenever you have hard evidence or proof of a wrongdoing.

If you’d like to learn more about how leaders can connect with their followers and turn disputes into an opportunity for learning and growth, visit Leadership Skills for Life.



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