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.
- Never reply or make a decision when you are angry or disappointed.
- Pay attention to your body. Usually, your body knows what emotion you are feeling before your mind does.
- Workout daily early in the morning before you go anywhere.
- Be respectful. Treat your friends, colleagues, the same way you would like to be treated yourself.
- Maintain direct eye contact, but don’t stare.
- Apologies for any emotional outburst. Just a simple ” I am sorry. I reacted badly” would make a big difference.
- Never bring your negative emotion home.
- Deep breathing & relaxation techniques. This will help you more with emotions like anxiety, frustration, worry and anger.
Build Self Awareness
- Look at yourself objectively. You can find ways to improve yourself in the future and learn how to accept yourself.
- Write down your goals, plans, and priorities.
- Practice meditation and other mindfulness habits.
- Perform daily self-reflection. Hopefully every day, honestly look at yourself as a leader and a person.
- 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.
- Take personality and psychometric tests.
- Ask a trusted friend to describe you.
- Ask for feedback at work.
Become Your Authentic Self
- Accept change. Being authentic also means being comfortable with change.
- Practice active listening. Showing your full attention to someone else is a remarkably powerful skill.
- Once you accept and understand your real self, get comfortable with it.
- Pay attention to everyone. It is too easy to become lazy and overlook other people. Don’t make this mistake.
- Write down times and places when you felt your authenticity begin to wane the actions and behaviors, the situations, your observations, and the outcome.
- Write the names of people you want to spend time with, and what you’re joyful and passionate about.
- Ignore the cynics. As you begin to make positive changes in your life, people will automatically start to take notice.
- Release any guilt or self-limiting thoughts. The past is the past, it’s over, done.
Learn Meaningful Communication Skills
- Develop your listening skills, too. Almost always the best listeners are the best communicators.
- Learn from successful communicators around you and read books, magazine articles.
- Body language is important. Studies show that 65% of all communication is non-verbal.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Take time to respond. After you’ve listened take time to “draft” in your head what you want to say.
- Make sure you are understood. Don’t blame the other person for not understanding.
- Respect your audience. Mind that your message is not just about you or what you want.
- Engage your listeners or readers. Draw your listeners and readers into the conversation.
- Work harder and smarter than everyone else. Also, empower the inner visionary.
- Win trust. Team members (Employees) are most loyal and enthusiastic when they work in an environment run by people they trust.
- 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.
- The inspirational leader listens to the people in his organization.
- The inspirational leader provide people what they want within his capabilities.
- Leave ego behind. If you want to influence people, let your actions speak for themselves.
- Provide vision for the future.
- Build your resilience. Displaying how much you can handle Physically, Mentally & Emotionally.
Lead With Empathy
- Lead from within. Empathy is an emotional and thinking muscle that becomes stronger with better use.
- Be fully present. It is simple : When someone is speaking, listen.
- Leave judgement behind. Even when the feelings of others are in direct opposition to their own, empathetic leaders don’t judge.
- Watch body language. Understand that non-verbal communication can say more about what you are thinking than any words.
- Truly listen. Empathetic leaders don’t just listen but truly listen.
- Encourage the quiet ones. In meetings, there are always two or three who do most of the thinking.
- Don’t interrupt . Empathetic leaders know how easily distraction can affect the quality of listening.
- Take a personal interest. It is not professional interest but personal, and it’s the strongest way to build relationships.
- Make people feel appreciated. Very often appreciation is a reward than money.
- Give challenging tasks. People cannot grow if they are constantly doing what they have always done and are good at.
- Share the organizational vision with each member.
- Encourage creativity. Give people the freedom to find their own unique methods of solving problems.
- Support new ideas. Give people the chance to take initiative and you will be amazed by their ability to create brilliant ideas.
- Communicate with your team members.
- Give each one opportunity to grow.
- Empower each individual. Always highlight your confidence in the unique abilities and show the potential of your team member.
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