The Rushmore Report: Top Ten Qualities of a Great Leader

Having a great idea, and assembling a team to bring that concept to life is the first step in creating a successful business venture. While finding a new and unique idea is rare enough, the ability to successfully execute this idea is what separates the dreamers from the entrepreneurs. The key to success in business, and in life, is becoming a great leader. As I see it, there are ten qualities of a great leader.

1. Honesty

Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team of people, it is important to raise the bar even higher. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.

2. Delegate

Finessing your brand vision is essential to creating an organized and efficient business, but if you don’t learn to trust your team with that vision, you might never progress to the next stage. It’s important to remember that trusting your team with your idea is a sign of strength, not weakness.

3. Communication

Knowing what you want accomplished may seem clear in your head, but if you try to explain it so someone else and are met with a blank expression, you know there is a problem. If this has been your experience, then you may want to focus on honing your communication skills.

4. Confidence

There may be days where the future of your brand is worrisome and things aren’t going according to plan. This is true with any business, large or small, and the most important thing is to not panic.

5. Commitment

If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality content, you’re going to need to lead by example. There is no greater motivation than seeing the boss down in the trenches working alongside everyone else, showing that hard work is being done on every level.

6. Positive Attitude

You want to keep your team motivated toward the continued success of the company, and keep the energy levels up. Whether that means providing snacks, coffee, or relationship advice, remember that everyone on your team is a person.

7. Creativity

Some decisions will not always be so clear. You may be forced at times to deviate from your set course and make an on the fly decision. This is where your creativity will prove to be vital. It is during these critical situations that your team will look to you for guidance and you may be forced to make a quick decision.

8. Intuition

When leading a team through uncharted waters, there is no roadmap on what to do. Everything is uncertain, and the higher the risk, the higher the pressure. That is where your natural intuition has to kick in.

9. Inspiration

Creating a business often involves a bit of forecasting. Especially in the beginning stages of a start-up, inspiring your team to see the vision of the successes to come is vital. Make your team feel invested in the accomplishments of the company.

10. Approach

Not all human beings are the same. It is a basic concept, but something that is often overlooked. You have cultural  perspectives, language barriers, different educational backgrounds, personality traits, and varying value systems with which individuals come pre-conditioned that greatly affects how information is processed and interpreted.

About the Author

Tanya Prive is a contributor to Forbes.

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