18 qualities of a great leader

Are you a great leader in business? So, you’re the boss, the head honcho, the one in charge of you trade business. There’s a big difference between being a boss and being a leader, and being a good one at that. Here’s a look at 18 qualities that you need to be a great leader:

1. Focus

To be a good leader, you can’t be distracted. You cannot major in the minor things. You have to develop a selective ignorance and concentrate on the critical things

2. Confidence

A confident leader instils confidence and followership. A confident leader has clear vision, shows empathy and is strong, gaining the respect required.

3. Transparency

You’re not perfect, but if you’re open and authentic, and 100 percent yourself, it will allow you the freedom to be consistent, and your team knows what they’re getting at all times.

4. Integrity

You don’t always need to be right. You just always need to do what’s right. Remember that your employees are a direct reflection of the values you embody as a leader

5. Inspiration

There is no such thing as a self-made leader. There are, however, self-driven leaders. Fuel your drive with inspiration and advice from others.

6. Passion

Love what you do. In order to be truly successful at something, you must love it and constantly push to do something bigger, better and greater.

7. Innovation

Innovation is essential not only for success but for survival. Innovators are leaders. Simple.

8. Patience

Patience, as well as the courage will certainly test your commitment to your cause. The path to greatness can be rough. The best leaders understand when to abandon the cause and when to stay the course.

9. Stoicism

Accepting and anticipating the crappy situations, costly mistakes, and unexpected failures. Not freaking out in these situations is what the best leaders can do.

10. Authenticity

It’s great to learn from others and pick up some great skills along the way, however, never forget to remain yourself. And ensure that your actions, decisions and opinions are authentically your own.

11. Open-mindedness

Leaders need to keep an open mind and be flexible. It’s fine to stick to your goals, but those goals need to be flexible too. You have to adjust where necessary.

12. Decisiveness

Make quick decisions and don’t look back. It’s that simple.

13. Personable

Make genuine connections with people, it won’t necessarily make you a great leader. It will make you a very well respected one.

14. Empowerment

Learn to delegate and empower your team. It’s the best way to find out peoples capabilities and really get the best from your team.

15. Positivity

There are always ups and downs, but great leaders create a culture of optimism, and the positivity will make your business go a long way.

16. Persistence

Persistence beats resistance, and all great things take time. You must be persistent, no matter what.

17. Communication

If you don’t communicate your expectations properly, people will fall short, and it won’t be their fault. And in reverse, you want to be able to collaborate with your team and hear their thoughts and ideas too.

18. Accountability

It’s easier to point the finger than to hold yourself accountable. But it’s up to you to not just take responsibility, but make it right again.

Just remember, anyone can be given the role of the boss or the person in charge. But, it takes a great leader to really make a difference to your trade business.

What’s next?

  1. Join our Kick-Ass Tradies Facebook Group, for access to trade business specific conversations, tips and resources, plus a like-minded community of tradies.
  2. Book a 15-minute Game Plan Call with Andy, owner of Dr. DRiP plumbing and co-founder of Lifestyle Tradie, to clarify your priorities and get clear action steps.