Top 18 Qualities of a Successful Leader | Business Leadership

Some of the essential qualities of a successful leader are as follows:

1. Dynamic Personality:

A leader should possess charming and cheerful personality bubbling with life and vitality. He should have good health, cool temperament, optimistic outlook, conversational ability and decent behaviour.

2. Intellectual Capacity:

A leader should have the ability to think scientifically, analyse and interpret clearly and concisely different business problems.

3. Initiative:

A successful leader has to undertake suitable sequence of actions at appropriate time by applying intrinsic ideas. He should have new ideas and methods of doing things with scientific bent of mind. He should possess initiative and creative ability (ability to inspire, teach and guide people) so as to secure subordinates’ willing co-operation.

4. Foresight:

A successful leader should be imaginative, visualising potential trends and developing his policies and programmes with foresight based on logical reasoning.

5. Emotional Stability:

A leader should have balanced temperament. For having emotional tranquility, a leader should overcome moodiness, inconsistency and disappointment.

6. Flexibility:

A leader should have flexible bent of mind and should never think that his decision is always final. He should be prepared to listen to the view points of others. Flexibility and open mindedness makes the leader more identified with the group.

7. Sense of responsibility:

A leader must bear the burden of all his decisions upon himself. Authority and responsibility go together. A leader possesses authority and he must also be responsible.

8. Character:

A leader should be a man of character. He should be a symbol of faultless character and conduct. His actions and attitudes should be morally justifiable. He should also be honest.

9. Optimistic:

A leader is optimistic by nature with an ability to think positively in all spheres.

10. Self-awareness:

The ability to “lead” (as it were) one’s own self prior to leading other selves similarly.

11. Role models:

Leaders may adopt a person that encapsulates their mission and lead by example.

12. Ability to encourage:

And nurture those that report to them-encourage in such a way as people will grow.

13. Result-orientation:

Which means directing every action towards a mission- prioritizing activities to spend time where results most accrue

14. Charismatic inspiration:

Leader should have the charismatic inspiration- attractiveness to others and the ability to leverage this esteem to motivate others.

15. Technical knowledge:

A leader should be well conversant with technical aspects of the activities undertaken by the business enterprise. Technical knowledge about the business will enable him to take right decisions on different matters relating to the business.

16. Organising Ability:

The main aim of a successful leader is to get the things done through the efforts of others. He should possess organisational qualities thereby inspiring the efforts and energies of people for accomplishing the aims of the business.

He should have capabilities of bringing together men, machines, materials and money in the best possible manner and use these resources in the most profitable manner.

17. Ability to deal with people:

Leadership is primarily concerned with managing people. The leader should have insight into psychological problems of human relationships such as aptitudes, emotions, abilities and interests etc. He has to inspire and motivate the personnel.

18. Ability to judge and decide promptly:

A leader should possess the ability to judge others. A successful leader is one who understands the matter quickly, weighs the relative worth of alternative courses of action and reaches proper decision which is in the best interest of the business.

Submitted by : Professor Margaret, Category : Leadership, Tag : Leadership