Monday Minute: Do You Have These 3 Key Leadership Traits?

“Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality” – Warren G Bennis, university professor and founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. Leadership is not a trait possessed by everyone. You need a certain skill set to qualify as a leader. There are many skills a leader may need but the ones listed below are mandatory.


A good leader can initiate and deepen relationships very easily. In short a good leader is a ‘people person’. The skills required to be good with relationships are as follows:
  • Communication
  • Counselling
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Mentoring
  • Persuasion
  • Convincing

Team Building

Any big and complex project is usually a result of great team work. What is a leader without their team? Team work is a result of the coordinated working of many other leadership skills like:
  • Controlling Group Performance
  • Setting an Example
  • Conflict Management
  • Listening skills
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Compassion

Vision & Strategy

Being strategic is the basic role of the leader and his vision is followed by his followers. So these are probably the most important leadership qualities. Being visionary will demand the following skills:
  • Decision Making
  • Planning Skills
  • Ability to give influential pep talks
  • Motivational skills
  • Sharing leadership
It takes a lot more than the above-mentioned leadership skills to become a truly successful leader. Constant feedback and consistent working on self-improvement are ways in which you can ensure you are on the right track.  

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To write this article we researched the topic in the following sources: Business News Daily, Poynter.com, bized.co.uk.