Businesswoman stepping ladder drawn by hand with chalk.jpegBeing a great leader is more than a having a fancy title and corner office. There are several traits that every great leader must acquire. It is not only important to learn these leadership skills for yourself, but it is also important to teach your team. Here are 5 great leadership qualities to instill in you and your team.

1. Vision

As the leader of your company, your team is going to be looking to you for direction. That’s why it is necessary to have a vision. If you don’t have a vision for your company, you’re setting yourself help for a failure. Having a vision will help inspire your team to do their best work to help the company reach its goals.

2. Positive

Your attitude is contagious. If you constantly have a positive attitude, it will spread throughout your team and create a positive culture. With a positive attitude, you are easier to approach and work with. Employees are more responsive to leaders who have a positive outlook. A positive leader attracts positive followers.

3. Trustworthy

Trust is the foundation of any successful relationship. If your team can’t trust you, you will have a difficult time earning their respect. Without their respect, you will have a hard time getting your team to perform. To lead your team effectively, your team needs to know that you are genuine and authentic.

4. Good Communicator

We’ve all heard the saying “communication is key”. That saying is especially true when it comes to leadership. You need to be able to clearly and concisely communicate your expectations to your team. However, there is more to being a good communicator than just speaking to your team. Communication is a two-way street and you must be willing to listen to your team. When you listen to your team, you are able to connect with them on a deeper level.

5. Commitment

A successful business is not built overnight. As the leader of your company, you need to dedicate yourself to the company. It’s important that your team knows and sees your commitment to the company. If you’re not committed to the success of your company, then you can’t expect your team to be.

These qualities are important for advancing your leadership skills. It’s also important to recognize these qualities in your employees. Employees that display these qualities should be potential candidates for leadership roles in your company.


Jeff Ruby

Jeff Ruby

Founder of RedRock Leadership

During the course of his professional career, he has worked in organizations ranging in size from a sole practitioner to Fortune 500. Included in his experience are roles in starting and selling companies, sales and sales management, training and development and executive coaching.

RedRock Leadership is a sales training and leadership development company committed to growing companies by growing individuals through on-going training infused with the competencies of emotional intelligence.