Top 5 Attributes that Great Leaders Need

Ever wonder what makes a great leader? How bosses around the country are stacking up in the eyes of their employees?

Respondents of recent research conducted by One4all said that some of the most important attributes for bosses to have are communication, fairness, honesty, encouragement and experience. So what does this mean for bosses and leaders alike and how can they become a great leader in the eyes of their employees and colleagues?

We’ve broken down these top attributes to help bosses understand what employees want and expect from their leaders, and how they themselves can improve to become a great leader.

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1. Communication

Essentially, it is the most important trait that any leader or manager should have – communication is the key to success. To grow as a leader, you must have compelling communication skills. If communication within a company is poor, it will affect the success of the business.

Ensure employees are aware of new information and updates within the company - keep them informed. Along with this, communicate positive values and motivate staff regularly. Step away from traditional corporate communication by engaging with teams and developing meaningful relationships; this will ultimately have a more lasting effect.

2. Fairness

Treating people with fairness and respect should be a given in any environment. Managers should steer clear of picking favourites in the workplace, especially when it means that staff and teams are being treated with different standards. When bosses play favourite, it can be destructive to employee morale and performance.

Remember to treat everyone how you would like to be treated. Treat all staff and teams with fairness and everyone as unique individuals. Offer praise and share feedback regularly to boost employee morale.

3. Honesty

Many leaders and managers find it difficult to be honest with their employees. Giving employees an honest assessment of their work can give them opportunities to improve. Managers can create trust and confidence with teams through open and honest  feedback.

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4. Encouragement

Great leaders and managers should encourage employees to take initiative.  Start by finding the cause for a lack of initiative; are employees struggling to find the time? Maybe they don’t feel qualified enough to take on more? They might feel like their current workload is more than enough or might just be unmotivated at present.

A lot can be done to assist with these issues and provide relief to overloaded teams or staff. Try to create an environment for learning for those who don’t feel qualified enough.

Leaders and managers should ensure that they are encouraging teams to work to the best of their abilities in a positive manner, promote teamwork and create clear roles for staff.

5. Experience

Experience is a no-brainer when it comes to leading teams and staff. Leaders who understand the ins and outs of the business are the ones most likely to succeed. Highly successful leaders are also great engineers, scientists, sales people etc. They have developed within the company or have the expertise that will work.

One of the key factors of an experienced leader is that they have built up a deep track record of expertise and success in their industry., Great leaders have often taken on projects that create new skills, they’ve studied their industry with passion and have spent years crafting how to lead and develop people as well.

Key takeaway: Overall, to be a great leader you need to develop relationships with staff and communicate with them regularly. All employees should be treated fairly, and praised often. Create trust within teams by being open and honest. Encourage staff to take initiative, to develop their roles and themselves. Lastly, be an expert in your industry and learn how to successfully lead and coach your teams and staff.

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