10 Qualities That Make a Great Leader

Qualities of a Leader| Insurance AdvisorsWhile finding a new and unique idea is rare enough; the ability to successfully execute this idea is what separates the dreamers from the entrepreneurs.

Here are some key qualities that every good leader should possess, and learn to emphasize.

  1. Honesty.  Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team of people, it’s important to raise the bar even higher. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.
  2. Ability to Delegate.  It’s important to remember that trusting your team with your idea is a sign of strength, not weakness. Delegating tasks to the appropriate people is a crucial skill o develop as your business grows. The emails and tasks will begin to pile up, and the more you stretch yourself thin, the lower the quality of your work will become, and the less you will produce. The key to delegation is identifying the strengths of your team and capitalizing on them.
  3. Communication. Knowing what you want accomplished may seem clear in your head, but if you try to explain it to someone else and are met with a blank expression, you know there is a problem.  You may want to focus on honing your communication skills. If you can’t relate to your team, you won’t all be working towards the same goal.
  4. Sense of Humor. Morale is linked to productivity, and it’s your job as the team leader to instill a positive energy. That’s where your sense of humor will pay off. This helps to keep a healthy and happy work environment, in which your employees look forward to working, rather than dreading it.
  5. Confidence.  Part of your job as a leader is to put out fires and maintain the team morale. Keep your confidence level by staying calm and confident, and your team will take your cue.
  6. Commitment. If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality content, you’re going to need to lead by example. Once you have gained the respect of your team, they are more likely to deliver the peak amount of quality work possible.
  7. Positive Attitude.  Keep everyone motivated towards the continued success of the company, and keep energy levels up. The office mood should be a fine balance between productivity and playfulness.
  8. Creativity. It’s important to think outside the box. Some decisions will not be so clear-cut.
  9. Intuition. Drawing on past experience is a good reflex; eventually though, you need to depend on your gut instinct for answers. Learn to trust yourself.
  10. Ability to Inspire.  Make your team feel invested in the accomplishments of the company. Acknowledge the work that everyone has dedicated and commend the team on each of their efforts. It’s your job to keep spirits up, and that begins with an appreciation for the hard work.

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