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The eight traits of effective leaders

Based on my work with leaders around the globe, there are eight distinct traits that are common amongst all effective leaders. Here they are in no particular order:

Shawn Casemore
Shawn Casemore
1. Vision. The most successful leaders retain a clear vision of the future for their team and organization, despite various disruptions and challenges.

2. Pragmatic. Effective leaders do not possess “over the top” thinking, but remain pragmatic in their view and approach. Rome wasn’t built in a day and success doesn’t come easily. A pragmatic view keeps them grounded.

3. Charged. Have you ever known a successful leader that was not full of energy? To overcome daily challenges and unforeseen events the most effective leaders retain an unlimited amount of energy. Most importantly their energy is contagious.

4. Optimistic. Leaders who possess a view that is optimistic, despite the challenges that may present themselves are often those who are most effective. Effective leaders are not defeated easily and always retain an optimistic view.

5. Observant. The most effective leaders are constantly conscious of their surroundings. Aware of what matters to those who surround them; able to identify the risks that threaten their forward momentum; the most effective leaders retain a radar on issues that matter.

6. Personable. Maintaining the support of staff, the attention of suppliers and the confidence of customers is a key attribute of effective leaders. By being personable, they rally others in support of their vision.

7. Confident. Despite being challenged, the most effective leaders retain and exude confidence, which appeals to all those who surround them. There are dozens of army generals who were able to rally troops to follow them into war, simply by remaining confident in their mission and their ultimate success.

8. Consistent. Effective leaders rarely change direction without much consideration. Their direction, personality and views are consistent, despite the changing environment around them.

If you are searching to be an effective leader, determine your strengths and weaknesses within each of these areas and find ways to make incremental improvement.

Shawn Casemore, President, Casemore and Co.

The eight traits of effective leaders

Jeudi 22 Mars 2012