7 traits of great leaders

7 traites of great leader

by Greg Ward, Managing Director, Transguard Group

If you are a natural leader, you are very lucky. But if you're not, you can still become a great leader by practising certain characteristics that can enhance your personal leadership skills. I believe great leaders usually possess and practice 7 key characteristics:
1. Leaders understand the distinction between quitting and letting go
Letting go of pain, fear, and thoughts that aren’t healthy can be challenging but it is highly effective in enhancing your self-confidence and improving the quality of your life. Confident people trust their judgment, don’t entertain the complaints of others once a decision is made and don’t revisit issues that have been resolved.
2. Leaders recognise that gratitude is essential for happiness and productivity
From my experience, I have found that the number one benefit of gratitude is contentment and not surprisingly, success. Remarkable, memorable, and strong leaders express gratitude, openly and often, for all the great things that are happening around them and to them. Forgetting what they “could” have and instead, focusing on the present moment.
3. Leaders deliberately create days that are positive and filled with accomplishment
Waiting, hoping and wishing rarely have a place in the vocabulary of positive leaders. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active, courageous, and deliberate. Positive people are very passionate about constructing their success and deriving personal satisfaction from it. They work to effect change rather than hope and wish. After all, hope is never a successful strategy.
4. They focus on the present
Positive people live in the present. They aren’t preoccupied with what has occurred in the past, and they aren’t constantly thinking about the far-off future. It doesn’t matter whether these thoughts are positive or negative; you could be very encouraged about the future, but if you aren’t focused on the present, you can’t make the most of it. It’s important to remember and learn from the lessons of the past, but it’s damaging to dwell on it.
5. They are adaptable and agile
One of the greatest obstacles to success and happiness is hanging onto the outdated mantra of “this is how it's always been done”. The most positive and productive people in the business aren’t the ones who focus on the obstacles they encounter, rather they are the ones who focus on finding the solutions. Finding ways around the obstacles, that is what leads them to inspire and motivate others. Positive and inspirational leaders are solution driven and drive the business forward toward their goals and vision.
6. They do not assign blame or play the victim
Positive people are accountable for their own actions and do not try to assign blame. As a matter of fact, the most positive and productive of leaders instill a positive culture within an organisation that adds value and inspires employees to be at their best, at all times.
7. They have lots of humour
Tasteful humour is critical and key to success, especially in today’s business! When the team seems demoralised, humour is a wonderful way to raise morale. I have seen that truly happy [and positive] people are typically able to find humour in almost anything. Understanding the power of humour and surrounding yourself with others who appreciate and embrace that same quality is the best medicine for any ailment. And it's free!