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Leadership is an important skill that can take time to develop. There is little room for error once you have gained a leadership position, as trust is the basis of your abilities in spearheading your company or initiative.

To sharpen your skills as a leader, there is a long list of crucial traits you should adopt to benefit both yourself and those who depend on you. Here are a few of the most important traits to exhibit as an effective leader.



A good leader is able to strike a healthy balance between workplace control and healthy employee relations. An easy way to foster the latter is to reflect support for your employees and co-workers — sometimes beyond what is relevant to office situations alone. Ask employees about their personal lives and habits, find mutual interests you share, and above all else remember to keep interactions — both corporate and informal — humanized and accessible.



Self-confidence goes a long way in effective leadership, and sometimes this means giving in to your own intuitions. Do not take unhealthy or contrived risks by any means, but do not be afraid to trust your gut in situations where you may be sitting on a potentially brilliant or progressive idea. This approach may benefit your workplace in more ways than you initially imagined, and it can strengthen your status as a leader who is both courageous and cognizant of workplace stability.



Like self-confidence, transparency goes an extremely long way in a leadership scenario — not to mention any corporate scenario founded on mutual trust and chemistry. Communicate with employees regularly, keeping them in the loop in terms of major announcements, daily items, and other matters relevant to the staff at large. A leader with poor communication skills is an easy target for skepticism and unease — do your best to avoid them both.



Disorganized leaders are almost as easy to spot as ones with poor social or communication skills. Keep your workspace organized — even if you have to be meticulous about it — and make sure, above all else, that you have a strong handle on all meetings in which you are the nucleus of the interaction. Otherwise, you will quickly become synonymous with instability. This approach will also set a great example for employees — especially new ones — looking to keep themselves as level-headed and organized as possible.