101 Best Leadership Skills, Traits & Qualities

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28. Lead by example:

Actions speak louder than words. The people around you will notice if you are dedicated and working hard to grow your business.

But if you’re lazy and don’t care, your team will note and follow suit.

Great leaders always lead by example.

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer

29. Relationship building:

“It’s all about who you know.” Smart leaders know that there is a lot of truth to that saying.

Leaders understand the value of building long-lasting relationships with people in their industry and make a point to pursue partnerships whenever they can.

Building a network of valuable people is critical for your long-term success.

30. Social skills:

More often than not, leader are charismatic, outgoing, friendly and approachable.

They have the ability to speak with anyone in a calm, respectful and engaging way.

Both employees and customers want to work for and purchase from people they like, you need to be one of those people if you want to succeed.

31. Public speaking / Speaking skills:

Leaders should not have any issues with speaking in front of crowds.

Situations where public speaking is required can range from just speaking up at a meeting, to pitching a new idea in a room full of people.

Not only is this important for you to be able to get your message across clearly, but it improves your credibility as a leader.

32. Honesty & Transparency:

There are no more secrets today, everything is out there on the worldwide web.

That’s why honesty is the best policy.

People respect those who are able to honestly share and react calmly to good and bad news while being able to quickly put a plan in action to move forward.

We now live in a transparent world, embrace it.

33. Reasonable:

One of the quickest ways to get people to dislike you is to be unreasonable.

That’s why practical leaders are fair, sensible, never make unfound assumptions and have sound judgment when making decisions.

34. Boldness:

Leaders do not hesitate or appear fearful (even if they are) in all aspects of their life.

They are willing to take the lead and show the way despite possible risks.

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.– Ayn Rand

35. Listening:

In order to give your followers the feedback, support and attention they need to be successful, you need to make a true effort to listen when they speak.

Most people are waiting for their turn to speak, great leaders listen first, speak second.

Listening is more than being silent, you also need to ask the right questions.

36. Presence:

True presence is just not about being the center of attention, it’s about observation and seeking/giving meaningful feedback.

You need to be there for your people during important situations as well as help team members across your organization find solutions to roadblocks.

37. Authenticity:

Leaders stay true to the things that make them unique and tirelessly move towards their goals despite outside pressures to change or conform.

Hard-word, dedication, and long-term focus are essential to authentic leadership.

38. Empathy & Compassion:

When you’re laser focused on your goals, it can be difficult to focus on the needs and feelings of others people.

You need to know not only how your actions effect people, but what you need to do in order to show understanding and sympathy for others.

39. Ability to confront others:

Most people go out of their way to avoid confrontation for fear of an argument, leaders know how to approach others in a nice, honest way to address concerns.

Stopping a problem earlier on will save a huge amount of time (not to mention headaches) versus leaving it unresolved.

40. Empowerment:

As a leader, you need to set others up for success by entrusting them to make good decisions.

Empowerment is not just about giving your followers the freedom to make their own choices, it’s about giving them the tools and processes to make those choices effectively and productively.

41. Negotiation skills:

Leaders know how to get what they want and can be very convincing (which can be good and sometimes bad).

They do this by tapping the desires of others and building a sense of trust with people in order to come to a desirable outcome.

From settling differences to overseeing a large deal, leaders should be practical, fair and firm in their negotiations.

42. Social savvy:

Did you know that 71% of all online adults use Facebook? That’s almost 1.2 billion people!

Smart leaders know that their followers’ and potential followers’ habits have changed. They are spending more time on social media than ever before.

When social media is used as a tool to engage, educate and connect with followers, it can have powerful results and attract countless new people to your cause.

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