101 Best Leadership Skills, Traits & Qualities

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89. Improve lives around you:

Leaders working toward a brighter future want to share that future and it’s success with the people they care about.

Business partners and customers, family and friends, employees and their families, etc.

Leaders must act with generosity and gratitude by effecting positive change in the lives of the people around them.

90. Foster potential:

Improving the lives of people around you also means helping them become better individuals.

Help other people grow by encouraging and fostering their potential both professionally and personally and help them learn from your experiences.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

91. Belief that success if shared:

Great leaders believe that success is something to be shared with everyone because there is no “I” in team.

When you share your success with others, you build loyalty, trust and admiration that enables you to push the success even further.

92. Help other succeed:

Giving is always more satisfying than receiving. Leaders find great pride in helping other people succeed and become leaders themselves.

You need to be generous and make sure your team can share the organization’s success as well as grow personally and professionally with your guidance.

93. Direction:

Great leaders know where they are going and how they are going to get there.

They convey their mission clearly to followers and posses an unwavering drive that keeps them on track to their goals.

94. Challenge the process:

When leaders ignore the status quo, there can be incredible breakthroughs and innovations.

This is an essential part of achieving organizational growth.

Smart leaders know how to productively challenge the process, find bottlenecks and make improvements.

If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing. – Brad Szollose

95. Performance driven: 

Like a professional athlete, leaders strive to make improvements and become better every singe day.

They know that there is always room for improvements that can be made to make themselves and their team more effective.

Great leaders are driven by performance and the motivation to see how far they can take it.

96. Servant/Service:

While it may seem counterintuitive, the best leaders often act more and servants by enabling their team to be great.

As a leader, you have more resources at your disposal than the average person, it’s important you share those resources with people in your organization.

97. Assertive:

It’s important to make sure your voice is heard as a leader but in a constructive, helpful way.

You need to get your point across clearly and involve your self in the day-to-day operations of key team members.

Look out for opportunities to collaborate and trust your team to make important decisions.

98. Independent:

This often refers to not depending on others, but a true leader knows how to collaborate with the right people while remaining resourceful when faced with a setback or roadblock on their own.

99. Conviction:

A firm belief in a cause can often be a driving force in a leader’s ability effect change in the world.

This deep faith often comes from being inspired and staying inspired throughout your journey.

Fill spare time with inspirational articles, stories, etc. to keep your spark and obsession going.

100. Patience:

Smart leaders know not to expect results over night, whether it’s a new marketing campaign or an entirely new business.

Leaders know that patience is not about waiting around for results, it’s about following through and executing the plan, not giving up when you face hurdles, working hard and learning how to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

101. High-energy:

It takes a lot to effect the status quo, leaders not only have high energy, but they know how to find and utilize their most productive time.

Remember, working long hours doesn’t always equal success because time is a finite resource.

But energy can be fueled by staying healthy and active, passionate and positive about your work as well as establishing productive rituals.

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