Characteristics Of A Good Leader

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What does the shift from a managerial mindset to a leadership mindset require? Today, I’m outlining the essential characteristics of a good leader and the skills and traits needed to navigate this change: self-belief, trust, effective communication, inclusion, connection, adaptability and resilience, problem-solving, feedback, collaboration, and innovation.


Self-belief is critical. Confidence in one’s abilities is essential for making decisions, taking risks, and leading others. Self-belief empowers leaders to set ambitious goals and inspires confidence in their team.


Trust is foundational for building solid relationships with team members and stakeholders. It fosters a safe environment where people feel valued and open to sharing ideas and feedback.

Effective communication

Clear and effective communication is vital for conveying vision, aligning team efforts, and ensuring transparency. It enables leaders to articulate their thoughts and strategies effectively and listen to others’ input.


Inclusive leadership ensures diverse perspectives are valued and considered. It creates a culture of respect and belonging, which can lead to more innovative solutions and a more engaged team.


Building genuine connections with team members and stakeholders helps leaders understand their needs and motivations. This emotional intelligence aspect of leadership is key to motivating and engaging others.

Adaptability and resilience

Adapting to changing circumstances and bouncing back from setbacks is crucial in today’s fast-paced and unpredictable environment. Resilient leaders can navigate challenges effectively and maintain steadiness under pressure.


Feedback provides followers with clear insights into their strengths and areas for improvement. This guidance is essential for personal and professional development, helping them enhance their skills and performance. Learn more about radical feedback.


Grace Murray Hopper, U.S. Navy Admiral, said, “You manage things; you lead people,” that’s why mastering communication, connection and feedback is half the battle of problem-solving. Leaders often face complex challenges that require innovative and effective solutions. Strong problem-solving skills enable leaders to analyse situations, identify viable solutions, and implement them effectively.


Collaboration is essential for pooling diverse skills and knowledge. It fosters teamwork and ensures that different viewpoints are considered, leading to more comprehensive and effective outcomes.


In a rapidly evolving business landscape, innovating is key to staying relevant and competitive. Leaders who foster innovation encourage creativity and risk-taking, leading to breakthrough ideas and improvements.

These traits all contribute to a well-rounded and effective leadership style, enabling leaders to successfully inspire, guide, and grow their teams and organisations.

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