Leadership Skills: Ten Leadership Secrets for Every Successful
By Ed Sykes
Great leaders exhibit common qualities on a daily basis when working
with their team. These leadership qualities motivate their team
members to work toward a common goal and help the organization
achieve its goals.
In this leadership article, you will learn the common qualities of a
great leader. The following are ten leadership qualities you can
apply on a daily basis:
Motivate Action –
Great leaders inspire their employees to take action. They
communicate what the situation is, what the solution is, and what
action steps need to be taken to achieve the goal. Before the final
solution is taken, the true leader asks their employees what
solutions they might have and what action steps they would take.
Leaders realize they do not have a monopoly on ideas and the more
they can get ownership of the solutions from the employees, the more
the employees will be inspired to take action.
Create a Positive Environment for Success –
Great leaders realize that a positive work environment starts from
the top down. They convey an optimism that is contagious throughout
the organization. They communicate a positive attitude toward their
employees and the opportunities that face them. Leaders also work
with “negative employees” to educate them on why it is beneficial
for them to be positive for their personal well-being, as well as
the organization’s welfare.
Communicate Clearly –
Leaders work at being good communicators. This means not only being
able to speak well, but also being a good listener. Leaders realize
that by listening to their employees, they can come up with
solutions which are sometimes better than their own solutions.
Leaders also realize that by listening well they can eliminate
conflict in the workplace. They also constantly work to communicate
the mission, goals, and values of the organization. Leaders provide
two-way communication with their employees to ensure they are
reaching the goals of the team.
Support Their Employees -
Effective leaders nurture and support their employees through their
mistakes while immediately rewarding them for their achievements.
They take the time to immediately and publicly reward their
employees while showing the respect of coaching the employee in
private. Outstanding leaders support their employees by making sure
they have the resources available to be successful.
Make Timely Decisions –
Effective leaders quickly evaluate the information or situation and
make a decision based on the information in front of them. They
don’t form committees to evaluate what other committees are going to
do. Like the Nike commercial says, “Just Do It,” and make the
decision to act. Leaders always realize that the situation can
change and they can adapt to the new situation. Being decisive will
gain trust from your employees that you can take them where they
want to be to be successful.
Make Self Improvement Job #1
– Leaders have a thirst to continue to learn the latest techniques
that will enable them to be better leaders. Great leaders also
encourage and provide informal and formal learning opportunities for
their employees. Effective leaders give their employees
opportunities to learn through mentoring, advanced projects,
in-house training, and college programs. Overall, these leaders
realize that self-improvement is a tool to gain the competitive
Know Your Organization –
The best leaders know their organization from the top down. They
know the inner workings and how they and the team fit in the
organization. With this understanding, you as a leader can create an
effective strategy that helps the organization and fits the needs of
Understand to Be Understood –
Take the time to understand the needs of your employees. I always
say, “Take the time to touch your employees every day.” I don’t
mean to physically touch them, but emotionally touch them.
Effective leaders invest the time to ask about their employee’s
well-being, how the project is going, what the workplace environment
is like, etc. This creates a bond of trust between the leader and
the employee that makes it easier to communicate, coach, share bad
news, and be more productive overall. The employee will also have a
much better understanding of your needs.
Radiate Integrity –
The outstanding leader constantly works to build integrity in the
workplace. They “walk the talk.” If leaders say it, they must live
it, and must take the actions that are consistent with their talk.
For example, if the leader asks their employees to stay until the
project is done and they walk out the door as soon as possible,
their trust is broken. But if this same person stayed to help their
employees and was the last person to leave, your employees with
admire you as a leader.
Commit to Excellence –
Create a high level of excellence in the workplace and be consistent
to adhering to the highest level every day. As a leader, drive all
activities toward achieving this excellence through coaching,
mentoring, motivating, rewarding, and personally getting involved
with the project. Communicate to the team how their activities help
the organization achieve excellence. Many times, once the employee
understands how their efforts personally make a difference, they
will take their efforts to another level.
These are ten leadership secrets that will take your organization to
the next level of success. Apply these leadership techniques today
and in the future, and you will become the leader everyone aspires
to become in the organization.
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