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    10 Traits All Leaders Need, Part 2

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    Not everyone is meant to be a leader, but far more people have the ability to become leaders than many of us know. 10 Traits All Leaders Need, Part 1 introduced the first five traits that great leaders must have.

    The following are the final 5 significant traits that have made some of the world’s most successful leaders.

    [row][dropcap style=”simple”]6[/dropcap] Know When to Delegate.
    Good leaders are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their employees. When a project must be completed, leaders know which tasks to give certain individuals so that the project is successful.[/row] [row][dropcap style=”simple”]7[/dropcap] Develop Leadership in Others.
    Leaders jump at the opportunity to develop leadership in their employees. They set expectations for potential leaders while cautiously increasing their responsibilities to see how they tackle new challenges, handle stress, and interact with co-workers.[/row] [row][dropcap style=”simple”]8[/dropcap] Are Brave and Honest.
    Effective leaders tell the truth, even if it is unpleasant to hear. If a member of the team is underperforming, it is their job to discuss how the team member can increase their efforts or perhaps move them to a different department or another project. Leaders often have to perform uncomfortable duties like mediating team member disputes, performing disciplinary acts, or completing terminations.[/row] [row][dropcap style=”simple”]9[/dropcap] Eager to Learn.
    Great leaders are constantly evolving. They always aim for higher goals, look for ways to make their businesses more profitable, or make their offices more efficient. Leaders embrace useful technology, make annual assessments of processes to ensure efficiency, and are open to constructive criticism.[/row] [row][dropcap style=”simple”]10[/dropcap] Are Self-Aware.
    Successful leaders recognize, and are constantly working on, their own limitations. Leaders are not afraid to ask for help. They know the strengths and weakness of their organization, and are constantly seeking ways to improve their business.[/row]

    10 Traits All Leaders Needs, Part 1

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    Leadership can be an abstract term that is hard to define. Yet, everyone recognizes a leader when they see them. Top executives, managers, and bosses are constantly looking for leaders in their organizations to take to the next level.

    Here are the top 5 traits that all leaders must possess.

    Do you have what it takes?

    [row][dropcap style=”simple”]1[/dropcap]Passion.
    The best leaders are passionate about their jobs. This doesn’t mean they are in love with every aspect of their position, but leaders get excited about the impact of what they do. For example, a leader in the financial services industry may not like making spreadsheets, but she is passionate about helping her clients reach their goals for retirement. If nothing in your current job excites you, consider changing careers because passion is the prime motivator for leadership.[/row] [row][dropcap style=”simple”]2[/dropcap]Excellent Communication Skills.
    Great leadership requires the pursuit of relationships with peers, staff, and clients. Leaders engage in active listening, by focusing on what the speaker is saying and often paraphrasing to ensure they understand the speaker’s main concerns. This makes the speaker comfortable and confident that the leader cares about their needs and will do their best to address them.[/row] [row][dropcap style=”simple”]3[/dropcap]Organized.
    Leaders have to be organized. Organization leads to higher productivity, more efficiency, and the accomplishment of company goals.[/row] [row][dropcap style=”simple”]4[/dropcap]Adaptable.
    Leaders must always be the first to adapt. Successful leaders must maintain flexibility and open-mindedness to create a work environment that embraces change.[/row] [row][dropcap style=”simple”]5[/dropcap]Take Ownership.
    Leaders take responsibility for their organizations at all times. This doesn’t mean you excuse bad behavior, but employees must believe that you have their backs in good times and in bad times. This creates a culture of trust and accountability.[/row]