There are some common traits found in a powerful leader. You may already have some of these traits – and others can be developed if a goal in your life is to become a true leader. Remember, you don’t have to want to lead an army to reap the benefits of learning leadership skills.
The top seven traits of a true leader
- Knowing when to delegate tasks. An important skill for a leader to learn – delegating to
others mean that you must identify the strengths and weaknesses of those on
your team and capitalize on the strengths by passing out tasks accordingly.
- Maintain a positive attitude. Keeping your team upbeat and optimistic means that you must
maintain a positive attitude and present an energetic front. There must be productivity
to meet goals, but you should be able to balance the working hours with some
fun times. When those around you see your positive attitude, it will rub off.
- Be ethical and honest. Hold yourself and those who work with you to a high level of honesty
and ethical conduct. Your family and followers are reflections of you, so if
you practice honest and ethical behavior, they will follow your pattern.
- Ability to communicate. Ronald Reagan was known as “The Great Communicator,” and
looking back at his lifestyle, it’s easy to understand why. He was able to
clearly explain and focus on what needed to be done and express it in a way
that was understood. If you have trouble communicating, read books or take a
course in achieving better communication skills.
- Ability to commit. George Patton, commanding general in World War II was a soldier who got
up close and personal to those under his command. He fought in the trenches and
made it a point to be wherever his men were experiencing difficulty. As a
leader, you must make a commitment to lead by example.
- Maintain a sense of humor. The day to day business of being a leader can wear you
down, but if you maintain a sense of humor through the discouraging times, your
followers will maintain higher morale.
- Creativity. A leader should have the ability to change from a path they’re on to another path
by taking a creative stance. Sometimes, the decision involves how you’re
guiding others, but whatever the reason, creativity helps everyone work toward
the goal you’re seeking.
You need to become a true leader of yourself if you want to accomplish great things or even meet small goals. Leading your family through trials and tribulations is another reason to know how to lead. If your aspiration is to become CEO of your own company, it is vitally important that you know how to lead.
What’s your number one trait as a leader?