Leadership is often understood in terms of overarching styles, but exploring individual traits and qualities can also be an effective way to identify what it means to be a successful situational leader. Beyond core skills that are vital to all executives – such as strong communication skills, exceptional technical knowledge, the ability to resolve conflict, having a strategic focus, persuasiveness, and supportiveness - what are some of the less self-apparent traits that great leaders have?
According to Peter Economy, also known as The Relationship Guy, there are nine traits that help leaders and their teams succeed:
Strong leaders are decisive and are good at making decisions. They make decisions on the basis of what is best for the organisation as a whole and necessarily not out of self-interest. They are aware of their environment, team, and context, and they have strong focus.
They’re also accountable in that they understand their responsibilities and purpose, and they are able to empathise with others, including staff members. Great leaders are confident as well, says Economy. They are optimistic and they are always honest to others. Research has shown that most people consider honesty to be an essential trait in leaders. Finally, great leaders have a strong ability to inspire team members and staff to achieve better outcomes.