Traits of a Good Leader
Debojite Chandra Bhowmick
Traits of a Good Leader
Leading an organization or a team is not an easy task; it requires a
number of qualities that help an individual to become successful.
There is a debate whether a leader is born or created but it is
definite that all successful leaders have some common traits. Most
important thing about leadership is- it can be acquired by learning
and exercising these leadership traits. There is no magic formula
but exercising the following qualities can help you to become good
A Leader has a clear vision
A leader has a clear vision. He knows his destination, knows why he
wants to go there and also know the way how he should reach
there. He communicates his vision among his people and helps other
to create their own visions as they can achieve organizational goal
A Leader is dedicated
Dedication means entirely committed to a particular thought or
action. It is a very important attributes of a leader. A good leader is
prepared do everything to achieve his objective. If any task is not
done as expected he will allocate additional time, work and energy
to achieve his objective. He will never allow any task to be
A Leader is a good strategist
A good leader is always a good strategist. He analyzes the entire
situation before developing a strategy. He tries to know how much
time and resources are required to achieve his objective. He try to
understand present market scenario, his own competitiveness,
competitor’s strength and weakness, external threats etc before
developing a strategy. He carefully analyzes the above factors and
shapes his strategy to achieve his goal.
A Leader knows how to delegate
Good leaders know how to develop and delegate responsibility to
their team members. Effective delegation saves time, develops
people and grooms successor. Delegation of responsibility allows
manager to concentrate more on those jobs that require more
expertise. It is impossible to do everything by a single person, if
somebody does that, he actually loses his productivity; he squeezes
time for his self-development and become backdated soon.
A Leader is a good psychologist
Every good leader is a good psychologist. If any leader doesn’t
understand the psychology of his team members he would never be
a leader. Great leaders can understand the liking and disliking of his
followers in advance. He takes action accordingly and capitalizes
the emotion of his followers to achieve his or organizational goal.
A leader is a good communicator
Good communication skill is one of the most important qualities of a
good leader. Organization may generate outstanding strategy but if
that strategy is not communicated effectively; it does not add any
value to the organization. Good leaders know how to communicate
the message among all team members effectively which inspire
them to achieve their objectives.
A leader is optimist
Good leaders always focus on positive achievements, avoid
negatives and expect success from all people around them. Adverse
situation can’t stop them; they find opportunities in every difficult
situation. They like to be surrounded by positive people and stay
away from professional complainer. They doesn’t like pessimists
because they are contagious and they have strong ability to turn
good employees into negatives.
A leader knows how to create leader
Good leaders invest their time, resource and energy to develop
their team members as they can execute their responsibility
independently. They are not self-satisfied to see some people are
following them. They like to see their employee as future leader. So
they teach, coach and share their knowledge and experience with
their team members to build them good leaders.
A leader is energetic
Manager is the heart of a team. He stimulates all employees of the
team and his surrounding people. He must be a vibrant character; if
he suffers from lack of energy it would be difficult for him to
energize the whole team.
A Leader knows how to lead a team
Leadership is a unique attribute of a person for which people feel
proud to follow him, carry out his order and even they don’t
hesitate to sacrifice their lives for their leaders.
A leader has the ability to work under
Ability to Work under Pressure: True leaders keep them cool in the
midst of a storm. They don’t lose their temper or become upset
when disaster happened. Good leaders keep them cool and put their
best effort and provide wise guidance to overcome that situation. If
leader become upset at the moment of crisis than the whole team
will be demoralized and situation may turn out of control. They are
the best leaders who perform at their best under pressure and on
A leader has the ability to resolve conflict
Conflict resolution is great strength of a leader. Conflict is
inevitable in any work palace. Personal interest, ego, leadership
style, viewpoint, poor communication etc are the reason of conflict.
If it is resolved or minimized or diverted properly it is beneficial for
the organization. If it is not resolved successfully it becomes
destructive for the organization. It polarizes people, sharpens
difference, and undermines the moral of the employees.
A leader has the ability to break barriers
No obstacles can stop a leader to achieve his goal. Things don’t
always run smoothly, misfortune can happen at any moment. A good
leader handles that situation carefully. When he faces obstacle, he
doesn’t come back rather he prepare appropriate strategy to
overcome that situation. He breaks down barriers and gets result.
A leader is a good listener
Good Listener: Listening is an important part of leadership; you
can’t be a good leader unless you listen carefully. Listening
attentively means you are respectful to others and you are open to
accept new ideas and suggestions. It helps you to see the things
through the eye of other people. By good listening you can create a
powerful interaction between you and your team members resulting
respect, trust and release of fear.
A leader has good analytical skill
Analytical Skill: An analytical skill is cluster of common skills that
allow a person to solve any problem. Good leaders are master in
analytical skill. When things are not going as expected; leaders
think, observe, listen and question to find out the reason what
actually causing the problem. Before coming to conclusion leader
analyze the entire situation from different angles, consider all
negatives and positives, forecast the outcome of each alternatives
and justify which would be the best suited for that situation. Finally
he develops a plan of action to overcome that problem.
A leader has the ability to motivate people
Good leaders always become good motivators; they know how to
inspire their people most. They know the best way to get the job
from their people is to motivate them, not ordering. So they spend
enough time and explore hidden needs and expectations of
employees. Not all people is motivated by the same motivational
factors, every individual is motivated by different factors. You
cannot motivate all people only by giving money, appreciation,
promotion etc. Leaders identify the needs of each individual and
treat them accordingly as they become enthusiastic to achieve
A leader is a good team player
People of different capacity and different background work
together in a team. It is not unusual to have different opinions in
the team but a good leader hold the total team together to achieve
a common goal. He identifies key competencies of each team
members and keeps the right person in the right place as they can
contribute to their full potential. He stops internal politics and
backbiting in the team because it destroys the team spirit. He
supports each member of the team to do their best.
A leader is courageous
Perhaps courage is one of the most admired leadership traits for
which people feel proud of their leader. Courage is ability to take
risks and to face difficulties in adverse situation. In crisis moment
leader comes forwarded, inspires his people and helps them to
overcome adversity. It is contagious and spreads rapidly in the
A leader can assume what is going to happen
A Good Leader can assume what is going to happen in future. He can
see distant matter more clearly than ordinary people. As he can
guess the remote effect of his current actions; so he concentrates
on those things that assist the organization to achieve its goal in the
A leader has the ability to take decision
Taking right decision in the right moment is an important attribute
of a good leader. This influence organizational success and failure to
a great extent. People don’t like those leaders who hesitate to take
decision or who change decision frequently. So create a rational and
prompt decision for the interest of your team. Unnecessary delay in
taking decision can throw you in difficult situation.
“The quality of decision is like well–timed swoop of a falcon which
enables it to strike and destroy it victim.” Sun Tzu
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