Qualities of A Great Leader

Leader Qualities

According to author and business consultant Simon Sinek, a boss has the title, but a leader has the people. Truth is, the most effective workplaces are run by those who inspire and motivate their employees – not by those who just simply tell them what to do. In fact, research shows that employees who work under effective leadership are more likely to stay with their company and perform better at their job. For example, simply expressing gratitude towards your employees improves the workplace by:  

  • Increasing Employee Wellbeing
    Employees note that when they feel appreciated at work, their confidence skyrockets and their mental wellbeing improves drastically.  
  • Improving Employee Relations
    Gratitude plays a huge role in employees’ willingness to foster better workplace relationships with their coworkers, which in turn leads to a decrease in workplace conflict.
  • Increasing Job Performance
    Job performance directly correlates to a worker’s feelings toward their employer – meaning, the happier they are at work, the more they’ll get done!

With this in mind, think of how you run your company – do you command and criticize, or do you communicate and encourage? The truth is, we can all learn to be more effective in our leadership roles. Let’s begin by looking at the four best qualities of a great leader.

1. Integrity

As the saying goes, “monkey see, monkey do.” In a professional setting, this means employees look towards you to set the standards for what is and what is not appropriate at work. The way you conduct yourself directly influences the ethics of your employees. By leading with integrity, you set a precedent for your employees to also be honest and stay true to your company values.

2. Competence 

With continuous advances in technology, industries are always improving. In order to stay competent in your field, it’s important to frequently learn new information and take part in continued education (and encourage your employees to do so as well). Some great places to seek out supplementary skills are:

  • SkillShare
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Pluralsight
  • Coursera
  • CreativeLive
  • YouTube

By staying on top of industry improvements, you become a resource for your employees and give them confidence in your abilities as a leader. 

3. Accountability

It’s important to remember that being a leader doesn’t always mean being perfect; everyone makes mistakes, and part of leading is owning up to those mistakes. By practicing accountability, you create a sustainable work environment that acknowledges and grows from work-place mishaps. This fosters trust and respect from your employees and leads to a more effective, honest work environment. 

4. Communication

One of the biggest struggles for a company is practicing successful communication. When employees are unclear about expectations, job performance falters and adverse relations can form between you and your employees. In fact, unclear communication is one of the largest contributors to conflict in the workplace. To keep an effective work environment, be proactive in your communication. Set expectations and goals right away, so your employees know what to do from the get-go by: 

  • Writing an employee handbook that clearly outlines the policies and procedures of your company
  • Using work management software, such as: 
    • Basecamp
    • Asana
    • Workfront
  • Implementing group messaging for specific departments with apps like Groupme or Slack

Furthermore, remember that communication is a two-way street; be sure to listen to the feedback of your employees and create change when necessary.

The best leaders are those who are willing to seek outside help when needed. 

Can your leadership skills improve? Consider bringing in one of our professionally trained consultants. MJ Executive Consulting can help you identify the best tactics to inspire your employees to accomplish your goals, missions, and visions at work. Contact us today for a free consultation.