Leadership Skills and Traits

Here are the effective top 50 leadership skills, qualities or traits, and Habits of highly effective people which will help you to become a great leader.

Manage Emotions

  1. Never reply or make a decision when you are angry or disappointed.
  2. Pay attention to your body. Usually, your body knows what emotion you are feeling before your mind does.
  3. Workout daily early in the morning before you go anywhere.
  4. Be respectful. Treat your friends, colleagues, the same way you would like to be treated yourself.
  5. Maintain direct eye contact, but don’t stare.
  6. Apologies for any emotional outburst. Just a simple ” I am sorry. I reacted badly” would make a big difference.
  7. Never bring your negative emotion home.
  8. Deep breathing & relaxation techniques. This will help you more with emotions like anxiety, frustration, worry and anger.
Emotions - Sociople
Emotions – Sociople

Build Self Awareness

  1. Look at yourself objectively. You can find ways to improve yourself in the future and learn how to accept yourself.
  2. Write down your goals, plans, and priorities.
  3. Practice meditation and other mindfulness habits.
  4. Perform daily self-reflection. Hopefully every day, honestly look at yourself as a leader and a person.
  5. Keep your journal. It helps you to relieve your mind of those ideas and clears it up to make space for new informations and ideas.
  6. Take personality and psychometric tests.
  7. Ask a trusted friend to describe you.
  8. Ask for feedback at work.
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Self awareness- Sociople

Become Your Authentic Self

  1. Accept change. Being authentic also means being comfortable with change.
  2. Practice active listening. Showing your full attention to someone else is a remarkably powerful skill.
  3. Once you accept and understand your real self, get comfortable with it.
  4. Pay attention to everyone. It is too easy to become lazy and overlook other people. Don’t make this mistake.
  5. Write down times and places when you felt your authenticity begin to wane the actions and behaviors, the situations, your observations, and the outcome.
  6. Write the names of people you want to spend time with, and what you’re joyful and passionate about.
  7. Ignore the cynics. As you begin to make positive changes in your life, people will automatically start to take notice.
  8. Release any guilt or self-limiting thoughts. The past is the past, it’s over, done.
Authentic Self- Sociople
Authentic Self- Sociople

Learn Meaningful Communication Skills

  1. Develop your listening skills, too. Almost always the best listeners are the best communicators.
  2. Learn from successful communicators around you and read books, magazine articles.
  3. Body language is important. Studies show that 65% of all communication is non-verbal.
  4. Maintain eye contact.
  5. Take time to respond. After you’ve listened take time to “draft” in your head what you want to say.
  6. Make sure you are understood. Don’t blame the other person for not understanding.
  7. Respect your audience. Mind that your message is not just about you or what you want.
  8. Engage your listeners or readers. Draw your listeners and readers into the conversation.
communication skills - Sociople
communication skills – Sociople

Inspire Others

  1. Work harder and smarter than everyone else. Also, empower the inner visionary.
  2. Win trust. Team members (Employees) are most loyal and enthusiastic when they work in an environment run by people they trust.
  3. Earn respect. When you conduct yourself in an ethical way & modal the traits you want to see in others, you earn the respect of those around you.
  4. The inspirational leader listens to the people in his organization.
  5. The inspirational leader provide people what they want within his capabilities.
  6. Leave ego behind. If you want to influence people, let your actions speak for themselves.
  7. Provide vision for the future.
  8. Build your resilience. Displaying how much you can handle Physically, Mentally & Emotionally.
Inspire others - Sociople
Inspire others – Sociople

Lead With Empathy

  1. Lead from within. Empathy is an emotional and thinking muscle that becomes stronger with better use.
  2. Be fully present. It is simple : When someone is speaking, listen.
  3. Leave judgement behind. Even when the feelings of others are in direct opposition to their own, empathetic leaders don’t judge.
  4. Watch body language. Understand that non-verbal communication can say more about what you are thinking than any words.
  5. Truly listen. Empathetic leaders don’t just listen but truly listen.
  6. Encourage the quiet ones. In meetings, there are always two or three who do most of the thinking.
  7. Don’t interrupt . Empathetic leaders know how easily distraction can affect the quality of listening.
  8. Take a personal interest. It is not professional interest but personal, and it’s the strongest way to build relationships.
Emphatic - Sociople
Emphatic – Sociople

Support Teammates

  1. Make people feel appreciated. Very often appreciation is a reward than money.
  2. Give challenging tasks. People cannot grow if they are constantly doing what they have always done and are good at.
  3. Share the organizational vision with each member.
  4. Encourage creativity. Give people the freedom to find their own unique methods of solving problems.
  5. Support new ideas. Give people the chance to take initiative and you will be amazed by their ability to create brilliant ideas.
  6. Communicate with your team members.
  7. Give each one opportunity to grow.
  8. Empower each individual. Always highlight your confidence in the unique abilities and show the potential of your team member.
Support Teammates - Sociople
Support Teammates – Sociople

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