Being able to step up to the plate when there is a difficult situation and helping to resolve it is something employers look for in prospective employees. How can you hone your leadership skills?

Read on to learn more about the top 10 attributes that a great leader has.

1. Self-awareness

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses as a leader is critical to your success as one.

According to Center for Creative Leadership, these 4 facets are most critical in developing self-awareness as a leader:

  • Leadership wisdom refers to your insights based on your experience that you can apply to challenges you and your team face.
  • Leadership identity refers to who you are in your current professional and personal context.
  • Leadership reputation is how others see you based on your current and past behavior.
  • Leadership brand refers to what you aspire to and what you do to achieve that.
2. Communication Great leaders are great communicators. When you are able to clearly communicate your team’s goals and strategy, everyone is aware of the role they play in the team. Good communicators know how to listen, Good leaders listen to their teams. Even more so, good communicators know how to inspire and motivate through their effective choice of verbal and non-verbal cues.

3. Relationship building Teams work better when they trust each other and communicate well to each other. A good leader encourages healthy working relationships between team members, stakeholders, and customers.

4. Innovation and Creativity Great leaders are innovative and creative in finding solutions to the problems they face. Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Think out of the box and implement and track those ideas to turn them into success stories.

5. Integrity and Accountability “A good leader takes little more than his share of the blame and little less than his share of the credit.” Says Arnold H. Glasow. When your team does well, highlight their contributions to the positive feedback but when the team does not do well, take accountability for it as their leader then work together as a team to improve so they share in the accountability as well.

6. Commitment and Passion Your level of commitment to achieving your team’s goals and objectives will serve as inspiration and a good example for your team to follow.

7. Delegation and Empowerment He/She knows how and when to delegate according to willingness and ability. Delegating tasks appropriately to your team will make them feel empowered. Avoid micromanaging to avoid developing lack of trust.

8. Decisiveness A good leader makes important decisions and has a vision for the team. He/She consults stakeholders, weighs options, makes difficult decisions and stands by their decisions.

9. Positivity He/She emanates positivity and energy. According to Tony Robbins, “when you practice positive thinking it becomes your powerful cognitive habit and allows you to reassure and motivate those around you.”

10. Influence and motivation Another trait of a great leader goes beyond the tasks of the team and is able to influence and motivate team members to be and do better. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader,” says John Quincy Adams.

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