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5 Key Characteristics of an Excellent Leader

Updated: March 2, 2022

To be a true leader, you need to be more than just someone who is in power or has a copious amount of expertise in your industry—you need to strive to be exceptional and willing to commit your time and effort to improve and succeed.

Part of this is enabling leadership—becoming active in sharing your thoughts, understanding the goals of your organisation, and motivating others to meet your objectives.

If you have a high position in your organisation and you want to become a better leader, here are some essential enabling leadership tips you can follow and incorporate into your strategies:


Be adaptable

As Ben Franklin once said, “when you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

In the ever-evolving marketplace, the most effective leaders are flexible, which means they adjust readily to different circumstances and see difficult situations as opportunities to make improvements.

If you want to be a great leader, you must learn to embrace change. Stay humble, passionate, and always ready to adapt. Stubbornness should have no place in your organisation.


Be inspiring

The best leaders acknowledge the skills of every team member and see them as an asset who can contribute to achieving the goals of their organisation. They also motivate others to work hard to meet their objectives every day.

To encourage others to strive for excellence, it’s not enough for you to believe that you should pursue your goals. You need to show your team the reason why you need to do it.

Make your members understand that what they do for the company matters. Know their abilities, leverage their strengths, and push them outside their comfort zones so that you and your team can reach exceptional heights.


Be willing to listen

The key to building a healthy relationship is by listening and understanding well.

Whether they are suggestions, feedback, new ideas, or challenges, great leaders listen to what their colleagues have to stay and respond to them. Also, they listen to their customers, prospects, shareholders, investors, and even competitors to address their concerns effectively and provide solutions if necessary.


Keep your team united

Conflicts are inevitable in any organisation. The most important thing is how the team members resolve the issues and function effectively as a team.

To have a successful team, you and your members need to communicate well, share meaningful ideas with one another, and share the same goal.

For starters, as a leader, you need to make sure that the roles of every team member are clearly defined and all internal processes are streamlined and ordered.


Tell compelling stories

Storytelling is more than just for entertainment—it captivates people and inspires them to take action. It is what wins people.

Interesting stories are the most effective way to keep your prospects and customers engaged. This also applies to your organisation—your team members are more likely to listen to you and understand you if you tell them stories.

Therefore, to be an excellent leader, you need to learn how to be an effective storyteller. Craft informative and engaging stories to communicate easier with your team, inspire others, and get your ideas across.



Being an excellent leader requires not only skills, knowledge, and expertise but also and more importantly the desire to lead and inspire their members to become a better version of themselves.


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