101 Best Leadership Skills, Traits & Qualities

Agility & Adaptability

62. Urgency:

The competition doesn’t wait and there will always be someone out there trying to outwork you.

Leaders understand that in most situations it’s about who gets there first which is why they value of both persistence and urgency.

63. Decisiveness:

Being decisive is not just about making decisions quickly, it’s about fostering a confident and effective way of thinking, deciding, and acting.

In order to make the best decisions possible, understand and assess each option carefully while approaching the right people and resources to help you make your decision.

Don’t let indecision paralyze you.

64. Commitment to vision:

Every overnight success you’ve heard about likely has another side to the story: the long hours, bootstrapping and testing many iterations before finding the right combinations.

Leaders need to appreciate the process as much as the outcome and stay committed to their vision through thick and thin.

65. Consistency:

Like professional quarterbacks, great leaders follow strict routines to keep their skills sharp and their delivery consistent.

Remember that practice makes perfect and the more consistent you can be, the more efficiently you and your organization will be.

66. Does not fear mistakes/risk:

Failure often provides us with some of life’s biggest learning opportunities.

Leaders embrace this as well as the uncertainty and risk that are inherent parts of owning and running a business.

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

67. Ability to pivot:

The business world is changing quickly and will continue to do so.

Great leaders have the ability to recognize those changes and guide their organization and team accordingly.

Personal Story: One of the first businesses I started was focused on developing and designing mobile apps for retailers. Unfortunately, we were a little early to the party and found it difficult the line up consistent projects. We decided to take everything we learned marketing our own business (mobile websites, SEO, social media, etc.) and use that to help our clients successfully market their businesses. This pivot saved the business and set us up to do more than we ever thought possible.

68. Open minded:

It’s fascinating how many business owners and managers refuse to change the simplest aspects of their business because they have the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality.

While that might work for a time, as years pass the business and their leaders who refuse to learn, adapt and grow will be left behind.

To be an effective leader you need to be open to learning about new things and exploring new experiences.

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did. – Unknown

69. Tough-minded:

What can go wrong, usually does go wrong.

Leaders need to face life and business with strength and determination, especially when things get difficult.

When most people might give in, that’s the exact moment you need to push through and overcome adversity.

70. Resourceful:

When faced with a challenge, smart leaders are able to find creative solutions to problems.

Being resourceful involves understand all the resources at your disposal, adapting by applying other experiences, sometimes bending the rules and never being of afraid to ask for what you need.

71. Faces obstacles with grace:

Life will always be full of obstacles, how you choose to deal with them is your decision.

Effective leaders approach roadblocks with a high level of positivity and creative problem solving that allows them to overcome situations that others might give up on.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

72. Street smart:

It’s hard to find a substitute for old-fashioned street smarts.

Knowing how to trust your gut, quickly analyzing situations as well as the people you’re dealing with and knowing how-to spot a bad deal or scammer is an important aspect of leadership.

73. Make good decisions:

When you make good, practical decisions, you build trust with your followers that gives you the power to make future decisions quicker, with less pushback.

Making good decisions involves generating good alternatives and analyzing each option diligently.

Once you’ve made your decision, evaluate then communicate plan and always learn from yours and others’ mistakes.

74. Strategic thinking:

In order to think two steps ahead, you need to develop a long-term mindset, using research to make decisions and take time to reflect on your decisions.

When you plan for the long-term, you can layout, then take small, actionable steps towards a bigger picture.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

75. Proactive:

The opposite of proactive is reactive, which means you react to the world around you instead of taking steps to positive effect the outcomes.

Proactive leaders have a DIY mindset and approach new/difficult situations with enthusiasm and energy.

If you want to positively effect you life and the lives around you, start by learning to control (not manipulate) situations to cause something to happen, rather than waiting for it to happen.

76. Flexible:

People in leadership positions are often gifted with flexible schedules.

Sure, we all work for someone, whether it’s stakeholders, clients or someone else, we usually have the ability to make our own schedules.

Leaders need to use this flexibility the become more available and involved in organization initiatives as well as other people’s lives.

77. Manage setbacks/uncertainty:

After any failure, big or small, you usually have two options: give up or find a better way.

Leaders know when it’s time to double down and when it’s time to fold, they manage uncertainty by making thoughtful decisions on next steps.

78. Organized:

You can’t sail your ship if you don’t know where the sail is, likewise, you can’t run your business if you aren’t organized.

Leaders know that value in keeping their personal and professional things (both physical and electronic) in order.

79. Creative:

Contrary to popular belief, creativity is not something people are born with, like many leadership skills it can be learned and practiced.

Go out of your way to explore new experiences, learn new things and practice open mindedness by continually asking new questions.

Personal Story: I believe that creativity in business comes from outside inspiration. For example, I enjoy cooking/grilling, interior design and graphic design (it helps that I have interior design and BBQ retail clients). But I make a point to find time for these creative activities which are not only therapeutic but they can also ignite my professional creativity. What are your creative outlets?

80. Intuition:

Intuition is to art as logic is to math.

Leadership is often about following your gut instinct.

It can be difficult to let go of logic in some situations, but uncertainty and risk are a natural in business.

Learn to trust your self and not everyone else.

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