Traits Most Needed for Effective Leadership

by Sheri Heiney, President & CEO, Prescott Chamber of Commerce

Good leadership is crucial to success in the business world. Of course, a capable and effective leader must possess the right qualities. Certain traits are especially common among skilled leaders. Cultivating and developing these traits is a crucial part of becoming a strong leader. Here are six of the traits most needed for good leadership:

1. VISION

True leadership involves looking beyond today, to tomorrow and beyond. 

2. OPTIMISM

A true leader must be able to inspire and motivate others. The quality most needed for this effort is an optimistic, upbeat attitude. 

3. ADAPTABILITY

No single leadership style is right for all times and places. A different time or a different team might require very different things from a leader. 

4. STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS

A leader must instruct subordinates on their work, correct their mistakes, provide inspiration and take feedback. For all these duties, good communication is required. 

5. CONFIDENCE

A leader must be someone people can believe and trust in. And if someone wants others to have confidence in them, they must have plenty of confidence in themselves to start. 

6. DECISIVENESS

Decision-making is at the very heart of what it is to be a leader. A leader is the one who must make the final call, ultimately determining what course the team will take.

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