4 Traits of Effective Leaders
Posted on 05 July 2016
The most effective leaders amongst us share certain characteristics and are well-developed in their practice of specific habits. The following considers four habits of effective leaders that you should consider incorporating into your own leadership style:
- Focus on Optimism
The best leaders are those who focus on optimism rather than the negative side of things. Working for a person who lifts you up instead of dragging you down is something we all want. Through optimism, effective leaders are inspirational.
- Communicate Well
A person cannot be a good leader and a poor communicator; the two are contradictory. The best leaders know how to express their ideas in a clear and concise manner. Equally as important, good communicators know how to listen as well as speak.
- Make Decisions
If making decisions is difficult for you, being a leader of others who is constantly tasked with decision making moments may be difficult. A good leader must be thoughtful in their considerations, but also decisive and firm when it is time.
- Stay Cool Under Pressure
Finally, the fourth trait of a highly effective leader is the ability to stay cool under pressure. Leaders who crack when things get tough show weakness, and do not inspire strength amongst those they are leading. It’s not just about staying cool, though; its about showing grace and control.
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