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What are Some Common Traits of An Effective Leader

Updated on January 22, 2013
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I'm an inspirational writer working in interior design, planning commercial offices where I found my niche, but with a passion for writing.

To be an effective leader the following traits are necessary: Honesty, integrity, and knowledge, with a dedication to their employees and employer. Having a heart of compassion, an effective leader must be understanding, yet discerning.

To be truly effective, a good leader must understand the job itself. They are required to report results, so a good leader will utilize their employees to match their skills.

Anyone can be a boss, but it is the mentors that make the best leaders.

What makes a good leader?

Count it a blessing, if you have a leader (boss) that believes in you.

Success is knowing that respect is earned. By allowing others to help one another, true rewards can be found. Leaders are team players. They communicate well and accept responsibilities. If they make a mistake, they accept it, move on with a solution. They don't gripe and complain. They look at every problem with a possible resolution. They ask for help and they do their research.

Successful leadership understands people are not islands. Unique and different in many ways, the employee is not the every day cookie-cutter model. The employee must be trained properly in order to be productive.

An effective leader will be able to "read" their employee. Knowing what makes the employee motivated to do his/her job. A good leader will be open and honest in their communication. Trust is earned. Employees can read in between the lines and a leader that cannot be trusted will not gain loyal employees.

To be a good leader, you must be able to accept people faults and all. To be an effective leader, you must utilize your employees in a way that makes each of them a star employee. To be a great leader, you must be a person of integrity willing to take a stand.

For in any successful team to operate, the strength comes from the leader. An effective team is as good as the leader that represents them.

5 Traits of a Good Leader

  1. Be able to lead, and not just follow what everyone else is doing. They tend to think outside the box. They know what works and what doesn't, but they don't stop there.
  2. Be willing to keep moving and not remain stagnant. They stretch themselves to go above and beyond what is expected. They go that extra mile.
  3. Become a peacemaker. They know that personalities clash and that everyone will not always get along. They learn to delegate fairly while playing mediator. If necessary they call out individuals. They do not embarrass in public, but do praise in public . They correct in private and lead employees with performance improvement plans.
  4. They seek wisdom. While constantly learning, they don't stop educating themselves. They find out as much as they can about the role of leadership, about what the job entails and what is expected. They benchmark and strive for excellence.
  5. Seek to understand as well as to be understood. They know the value of teams. With the diversity that is involved, they seek understanding and discernment. They understand the value of open communication is very important. They honor the voices of the team and listen to ideas.

Who Can Leaders Learn From

Effective leadership is deserving of merit. Not always recognized, the leaders who make a difference in their community, at the workplace, and in their own homes deserve special honor.

It is not always easy to become a boss, supervisor, or manager. It is even harder to be respected and liked by everyone. People watch. People judge.

As a person of integrity, they make and keep their commitments.

People have great expectations and want to be valued. Leadership knows you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink. The motivation has to come from the heart.

These are just some of the traits that make up a good leader. They don't just accept the "status quo," they are the doers and achievers.

Effective leadership requires motivation and inspiration. The greatest of leaders will challenge others to be their very best.

They are the visionaries of tomorrow.


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    • VendorMart profile image


      6 years ago

      Great Hub! Voted up!

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      7 years ago

      Trying to learn from situations is crucial for a Boss's success in the company.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks leisurelife for your comments.

      Thank you revmjm, appreciate your comments... Always encouraging.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I attended a leadership conference at my church last week and some of the same traits you wrote about were discussed. You have done a great job writing this article. Thanks so much!

    • LeisureLife profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Nice hub, thanks.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks heart4theword for sharing your thoughts. Sometimes I think there are leaders out there who should not be leading at all and then there are the leaders who don't get recognized enough.

      Effective leadership may be underrated.

    • heart4theword profile image


      7 years ago from hub

      Yes, not all leaders have these traits you mentioned. When you find a boss or a leader with all of these good qualities, I think you have found a gem! Never really thought about the fact that without knowledge, you'd have a hard time being a leader. Have to have something to offer others, for them to want to follow you:) Great hub-traits:) Thank you!

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks Tamarajo. I was thinking of all those good leaders and managers that I've worked with when I wrote this. Integrity is definitely important.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Tamarajo profile image


      7 years ago

      The best boss I ever had was all of the things you mentioned.

      One thing that stood out about him was that he was willing to get his hands dirty right along with us when it was necessary. He treated all with respect and kindness but wasn't a softy either.

      I liked that you included integrity as necessary for good leadership. I agree.


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