Think you have it in you to become the boss? Consider these five leadership
traits from Entrepeneur.com and see how you stack
Effective leaders not only have a vision of where they're heading, they can
communicate that goal and bring others along.
Effective leaders do what they love and love what they do. A leader's true
commitment to their message, cause or company makes others willing to trust in
that individual to chart an effective course.
Decision Making: The
buck stops here. An effective leader can make the tough calls. A leader works
to achieve group consensus when appropriate but can take sole responsibility
Team Builder: If
you're going to be a great leader, you need followers (aka there is no "I" in
team.) Leaders designate effectively, encourage and promote their subordinates
strengths and inspire teams to do great work. And when need be, leaders step in
and guide by example.
thine own self be true. A great
leader has strength of character: they know their strong suits (and weaknesses)
and are not tempted by fads or expediency. A leader remains true to their
essential character and can be trusted to remain constant.
Finally, remember that other qualities can be important leadership
traits. Harvard Business Review blogger John Baldoni makes the case for humility as a leadership trait.
"A sense of humility
is essential to leadership because it authenticates a person's humanity."
Baldoni suggests that leaders, "Take pride in what you have done, but use it as
a platform to bring people together to do greater things, e.g. increase sales,
improve quality, or save the planet. Use your leadership for something other
What other traits
might be useful leadership qualities? How do you define leadership? Can
leadership traits be learned or are they innate? Share your thoughts here and at the Beyond Folders
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