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X Personality Traits That Make an Effective Leader

October 3 2015 - Every organization has its own benchmarks for determining what makes a great leader. And whilst this does vary from industry to industry, there are a number of common traits that are universal. Looking at personality types is nothing new, in fact DISC Personality Tests have been used to see how people will perform in a work environment for years. Wondering whether you have the personality traits of an effective leader? Keep reading for the top four.

  1. Decisiveness

    A good leader needs to be able to make decisions that will affect the projects being worked on and the staff that are under him. Not all of these decisions will be easy to make, but in order for a business to succeed, a leader needs to be able to make confident decisions that are in the best interests of the company. If you struggle to make decisions, and would rather someone else made them for you, you'll struggle to truly lead in a workplace environment.

  2. Honesty

    According to a survey conducted in November, 2014, 84% of respondents said they believed the most important personality trait of a good leader is honesty. An honest leader won't just inspire his team through words, he will do it through his actions. They understand that trust is earned, yet it is trust that is what builds a great team. If you're the type of leader that follows the advice that you give to your team, and are honest in all areas of the business, you will find that your team look up to you and will work harder to ensure success.

  3. Openness

    In order for a team to succeed, every member of that team needs to feel like their views and ideas are respected by the leader. Therefore, a leader that demonstrates openness and encourages a culture where all opinions are valued, is one who will be effective. A good leader will be able to instill stretched goals for the team, and be able to counteract them with a plan b if things don't go to plan. He will be creative, and imaginative, and he will be a good listener. A good open leader may also choose to leave the room to let his team discuss things among themselves - he will understand that sometimes his presence may lead to a certain outcome and that sometimes it's better to oversee things from the sidelines.

  4. Conscientiousness

    Finally, a good leader will also be conscientious. He will be forward thinking, organized and thoughtful in everything that he does. Conscientiousness isn't only an individual trait, however. A conscientious leader will also sympathize with his staff and provide support and valuable feedback when required. He will also be ethical and have a lot of concern for legal issues, and he will encourage his team to follow the same mindset. A conscientious leader will also be task focused and will ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them.

  5. Do you display any of the above leadership traits? Is there anything else that you look for in an effective leader? If there is, please share them with us in the comments.

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