Ingredients of a Leader

A good leader knows when to talk and when to listen; They are effective communicators.

On that same note, leaders are self-disciplined. Similar to emotional intelligence, leaders understand and manage their emotions. They show self-control when they assess their emotions and remain calm. Ultimately, benefiting not only themselves, but the people around them - that what they’re feeling can transcribe and affect other people.

Leaders lead by example.

Today’s leaders have the ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes; They are able to balance different perspectives with an open mind, to take appropriate action.

Leaders are empathetic. They build trust, inspire, motivate, and encourage their employees to produce good work. Exceptional leaders recognize the importance of those around them and their achievements.

Leaders are visionary and at times, spontaneous risk-takers – they persevere. When others are tempted to throw in the towel, they must be willing to keep going. That is because leaders are passionate and set purposeful goals that they want to achieve. Typically, these goals are future oriented and will ultimately benefit the organization.

Although, when things don’t go as planned, leaders adapt. They hold themselves accountable and take responsibility for their mistakes – they expect others to do the same. Generally, leaders have a need for order and tend to be very self-disciplined.

Lastly, leaders are likable.

It may seem like some people are gifted with the skill to lead, but the truth is, these leadership traits are ordinary and can be learned with time and practice.

Managers, bosses, supervisors, and everyday people can too become leaders.

Personal traits play a major role in determining who are most comfortable leading others. However, it's important to remember that people are forever learning and changing.

If you had the opportunity to design your own leader, what would he or she look like?

*Note: these are only a few of many leadership traits.