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Many different names come to mind when I think about leadership. There are all sorts of leaders, some better than others, but not all of them are truly great leaders. A great leader usually has a few characteristics that play a big role in why they’re so great. Below you’ll find a list of a few of those characteristics.

Communication Skills

When discussing leadership, one’s ability to communicate is of the utmost importance. When leaders don’t have proper communication skills they aren’t able to effectively communicate their visions and goals to their team, which can cause issues to arise. It’s important to hone your communication abilities in order to set up expectations as well as provide feedback. Words have the power to motivate people and can make them go above and beyond, so keep that in mind as well.

The Ability To Inspire

When leading a team, having the ability to inspire people is extremely important. The workplace can be a challenge, and a leaders ability to inspire can make or break a team. Great leaders give words of encouragement when needed, while also staying composed in tight situations. Teams tend to take after their leaders, and your positive attitude can help keep them going when times are tough.

Creativity

When things go wrong in a team setting, they tend to turn to their leader. As a leader, your team will expect you to think outside the box in dire situations. Creativity is important when in a bind, as well as when assisting your team in striving towards their goals. It can also be used when brainstorming with your team and allows them to get more involved.

Honesty

As in most situations, honesty is always best as a leader. Being transparent with your team in difficult times allows them to get a better understanding of the situation, allowing themselves to prepare for what’s to come. When leading with honesty, your team is more likely to respect you and follow your lead.

Empathy

The most important ingredient in a great leader is empathy. Empathy means you have the ability to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes and that you understand or feel what they are feeling. Being empathetic allows leaders to make stronger and longer-lasting connections with their teams, making for an overall better team experience.  When leaders follow more dictatorial approaches to leadership, this connection isn’t typically made and can cause a disconnect between the team, which in turn could lead to them not reaching their goals.