4 Essential Leadership Characteristics

If you’re thinking of starting up a business but not sure about the leadership skills needed to lead a group of people, we’ve written this article for you. It’s not easy being a leader, especially when your business is on the line. It can be challenging to function as you should under pressure, and it’s even more critical when you’re the leader. People are looking to you to know what to do, and you need to be able to keep your cool and lead effectively without crumbling.

Communication skills

The critical thing that every leader needs is communication skills. You’re the one with the plan, and if you’re going to be able to translate that plan to those working for you, you need to be able to communicate effectively. Everyone interprets things in their way, and if you can’t speak to them in a way that they understand – your team may struggle under your leadership.

You need to be able to speak confidently and convey your needs, and also be able to listen to others to understand better what they need to know. Without that, keeping everyone on the same page will be incredibly difficult. Some courses can help you develop these skills, and you should look into getting a lean six sigma green belt to help you.


Motivation is essential if you’re going to keep everyone going. Leadership needs to keep staff motivated about your own business. In addition, being motivated helps drive workplace morale and makes both your job and your employees much easier daily. Try to bring the motivation you hope for them to get to work every day, and you’ll have a much easier time keeping everyone working at a good pace.


Reliability is a key characteristic of strong leadership. If you’re the type of leader who’s never in the workplace or seen doing work, it can be hard to see you as trustworthy. When the employees know they’re the ones who are keeping the business going, morale can sink, and they may seek a better job. Instead, demonstrate your reliability and dedication to your business, and inspire your team to stay. A leader that isn’t reliable doesn’t promote the job security that keeps people around.

Management of expectations

Your business depends on your ability to set realistic goals and adequately allocate your employee’s time. If you’re not able to properly manage your expectations, you will find yourself overworking your employees, missing deadlines, and falling short on quality. Before getting anything going, understand how to assess your situation before putting your team to work correctly. The last thing you want is to put your employees under little pressure because you’ve asked something of them that’s unreasonable and beyond their capabilities.

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Todd Smekens

Journalist, consultant, publisher, and servant-leader with a passion for truth-seeking. Enjoy motorcycling, meditation, and spending quality time with my daughter and rescue hound. Spiritually-centered first and foremost. Lived in multiple states within the USA and frequent traveler to the mountains.

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