What makes a Leader
Entrepreneurship & Leadership
What do you think are the qualities of
a good leader.
The word “leader” makes you think of
people in charge. High-ranking people –
your boss, politicians, presidents,
But leadership really isn’t about a
particular position or a person’s seniority.
Just because someone has worked for
many years doesn’t mean he has gained
the qualities and skills to lead a team.
Getting promoted to a managerial
position doesn’t automatically turn you
into a leader.
Leadership skills enable you to be a role
To be a good leader, you cannot major
in minor things.
You must be less distracted than your
To get the few critical things done, you
must develop incredible selective
What you can do to be focus
Importance and Urgency Grid
Confidence is important because people
will be looking to you on how to behave,
particularly if things aren’t going 100%
If you remain calm and poised, team
members are far more likely to as well. As
a result, morale and productivity will
remain high and the problem will be solved
If you panic and give up, they will know
immediately and things will simply go
down hill from there.
What you can do to be confident
You can’t instantly become a very
confident person, but all the small
things you do every day will gradually
make you more confident.
List 10 things you like about yourself
every day (something different every
day), and you’ll be more confident
Work on your strengths, do your best
Great leaders know that they won’t have a
happy and motivated team unless they
themselves exhibit a positive attitude. This
can be done by remaining positive when
things go wrong and by creating a relaxed
and happy atmosphere in the workplace.
Even in the worst situations such
as experiencing low team morale or team
members having made a big mistake at
work, a great leader stays positive and
figure out ways to keep the team motivated
to solve the problems.
What you can do to be
Break down huge challenges into
smaller ones and find ways to tackle
them one by one.
Think about the lessons you can learn
from the mistake and jot them down.
(Because sometimes you win,
sometimes you learn!)
No matter how hard you try to avoid it,
failures will happen.
Great leaders take them in strides. They
remain calm and logically think through
the situation and utilize their resources.
What they don’t do is fall apart and
reveal to their team how worried they
are, which leads to negative morale, fear
and binge-drinking under desks.
Great leaders do in fact lead, even when
they’re faced with setbacks.
What you can do to learn from
Make use of 5 Whys to dig out the root
cause of any problems. By asking
“why” for 5 times (or more) on why
something happened, you can find out
the key factor that caused the problem
and can find the best solution to tackle
You’ll also learn how to prevent this
from happening again in the future
after finding out a problem’s root
Listen and Give Feedback
Good communication skills are
essential for a great leader.
The best leaders need to be able to
communicate clearly with the people
They also need to be able to interpret
other people properly and not take
what they say personally.
What you can do to be a good
Encourage communication between
team members and establishing an
open door policy.
Practice not to interrupt team
members when they’re talking.
Summarize what they say and ask for
feedback every time after you have
talked about your ideas.
Delegate work and have
confidence in your team
No matter how much you might want to,
you can’t actually do everything yourself.
Delegating to others shows that you have
confidence in their abilities, which
subsequently results in higher morale in
the workplace, as well as loyalty from
They want to feel appreciated and
How you can delegate work
List out all of their strengths,
weaknesses and personalities.
Talk with your team members more
too to know more about their passion
Inspire and Grow People
Any good leader knows how important it is
to develop the skills of those around them.
Knowing strengths will make work easier for
team and let them grow and foster morale.
In addition, they may develop some skills
that you don’t possess that will be beneficial
to the workplace.
Great leaders share their knowledge with
the team and give them the opportunity to
achieve. This is how leaders gain their
respect and loyalty.
How to inspire and develop skills
Spend time to talk with other team
members individually to understand
Find out team members’ current
challenges and try to give feedback
and encouragement so they will grow
and do better.
Take Responsibility and don’t
Great leaders know that when it
comes to their company, work place or
whatever situation they’re in, they
need to take personal responsibility for
The best leaders take the blame and
then work out how to fix the problem
as soon as possible.
This proves that they’re trustworthy
and possess integrity.
What you can do to take
Ask yourself what you could have
done better to prevent this from
Take the responsibility and think about
what you can do better to prevent this
from happening next time.
Lead by Example and Be
Committed to goal
Great leaders stick to their commitments
and promises, and they are the most
committed and hard working ones on the
All great leaders lead by example.
By proving your own commitment, great
leaders will inspire others to do the same,
as well as earn their respect and instill a
good work ethic.
What you can do to lead by
Dedicate time to demonstrate your
work to team members, let them
observe how you do it.
Summarize the skills you use and let
team members know how you make
difficult things work.
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