101 Best Leadership Skills, Traits & Qualities

Cultivate Wisdom

81. Seeks out advice:

Even though leader usually means “the person in charge” it’s important that you seek out the experience and skillsets of trusted advisors, partners, customers and peers.

Outside perspectives are always helpful.

82. Pursue new experiences:

To stay prepared for any road bump in business, leaders actively pursue new experiences that allow them to learn and grow.

From starting a new venture to coaching little league, challenge your self to be better by enjoying new experiences.

83. Read, read, read:

Read everything related to business and your field that you can get your hands on, both print and digital.

Leaders understand that education does not stop after school, in order to stay relevant, you need to stay informed with both timeless and timely resources.

Personal Story: Growing up I did NOT like reading. But as I got older, reading’s value became very clear. Growing up in the information age enabled me to read anything I wanted, I quickly realized this allowed me to stay ahead of the curve.

84. Curiosity:

Leaders are often driven be an insatiable desire to learn, push the limits of what’s possible and explore things other people have or will not explore themselves.

Expanding your mind can often be as simple as reading, asking “why?” more often and enjoying the journey your own.

85. Competence:

Competence in most cases refers to someone being properly qualified and educated, but just people some people can learn something quicker than others doesn’t necessarily mean they are more intelligent.

Willpower, determination, consistency and willingness to learn to play important roles in your competence as a leader.

86. Focused:

Life is full of distractions, great leaders know how to remain on track and block out distractions.

Remaining focused involves keeping your eye on the bigger picture, allocating your time deliberately and training your brain like a muscle to eliminate non-essential work.

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. – Max Lucado

87. Intentional Learner:

Leaders go out of their way to stay educated and up-to-date.

Intentional learning is a continuous process of acquiring, understanding information with the goal of making your self more intelligent and prepared on a specific subject.

88. Enjoys The Ride:

Smart leaders know that their journey is often more rewarding than their destination.

Which is why they take the time to enjoy life and what they have already achieved because they know nothing can last forever.

When you can enjoy the ride, you’ll be amazed by what you can learn.

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