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Leadership Traits

Traits of Effective Leadership

A leader can efficiently express his confidence, assertiveness and his sense of responsibility. There is a unique personality profile for natural born leader. It comprises a set of instinctive characteristics that can be studied and learned by those who feel they are inadequate in a leadership position. Examining these leadership traits will bring you closer to fully understanding what it takes to be successful at that position.

A good leader must be sociable, he should have a good nature, must be extrovert and outgoing. People tend to follow those who are in higher spirits.

Another leadership quality portrayed by a good leader is self-confidence which is related to being self-assured, certain, brave, fulfilled, self-reliant and poised. High confidence allows the leaders to deal successfully with challenges. Their self confidence permits them to take decisions, handle all types of situations, set an example for everyone and articulate the thoughts and opinions.

A great leader should be assertive when it comes to decision making, a leader cannot afford to falter in such circumstances, he needs to lead without hesitation and without the risk of losing the confidence of his subordinates. For this he must be persuasive, influential, headstrong, opinionated, possibly argumentative and hostile. He must avoid being stubborn in such situations that demand quick actions and decisions. A leader must be bold enough to function normally even in unfamiliar environments, he should be quick to accept challenges and have a will to take risks to accomplish their objectives. When important and tough decisions need to be made, it is the leaders that are bold who triumph.

Accountability and responsiveness is another trait of effective leadership. A good leader should take accountability of all his actions and decisions, whether right or wrong. In addition, the leader should also be dominant, influential, controlling, commanding, directing and authoritative with a very strong desire to influence and direct others.

Never stop the learning process, always seek self-improvement that will strengthen leadership attributes. This can be accomplished through various formal classes, training programs, self-study and interacting with others.

Set the example and be a good role model for your employees and followers. Effective leadership is about focusing on opportunities and not complaining about things you cannot change. Focus on what you can do and take responsibility.

Effective communication is a must for a leader. He should not hesitate in reaching out to people who have different perspectives. The art of communicating with people who have different views requires a good leader to be patient while explaining his thoughts, it also exposes him to new ideas or perspectives he may have not encountered otherwise.

By studying and deliberately making an effort to practice these traits in various environments, anyone can improve their leadership skills and emerge as an effective leader. Mastering these traits will lead the path of success at work, home, and eventually in your well being. Have an active leadership style, and be quick enough to take control of situations.

Assume the role of a leader naturally and enjoy the responsibility and challenge of being in charge!