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Whether most companies are successful or not depends a great deal on who is calling the shots. Not everyone has the ability to be a good leader, and those who do possess that skill tend to stand out – for good reason.

Here are the leadership traits that most people with effective leadership tend to have in common. How many of them do you see in yourself?

They Include Others in Decisions

Good leaders aren’t afraid of letting others shine and recognize that when everyone is allowed to be part of the decision-making process, they will often go above and beyond to prove themselves. Letting others be part of the thinktank helps to create engaged employees who care about their work. 

They Are Self-Aware

There are many employers who simply direct their employees to get the work done, and to get it right, without ever turning the mirror around on themselves. A good leader recognizes that they have their own faults, and they strive to improve themselves in every way that they can.

They Are Transparent

Good leadership skills require the ability to speak hard truths and to be honest with your employees. You ask the tough questions such as:

  • Is this project going to fail? 
  • Is this something we’re able to actually handle? 
  • Can our company survive a failure? 
  • Is this representative of how we’d like our company to be portrayed?

Good leaders aren’t afraid of “stupid ideas.” They understand that every question is an opportunity to inspire and that it can open new doors that would have otherwise been left shut.

They Encourage Employee Bonding

23 percent of employees reported feeling burned out at work in recent research conducted by Gallup, while 44 percent reported that they feel burned out sometimes.  That represents an incredible two-thirds of a company’s employees. Good leaders encourage a healthy, friendly atmosphere that helps employees perform at their best. 

They Don’t Allow for Distractions

In order to be a good leader, you have to have the ability to listen to your employees – really listen to them. When an employer takes the time to listen, it helps to build trust, which in return can result in higher productivity and a boost to your team’s creativity.