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  • Writer's pictureJerry Justice

Traits of Effective Leaders: What Sets Great Leaders Apart

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Today continues our discussion of Understanding Leadership, the first topic in our leadership blog series. Why do some leaders attract strong and talented employees that are committed to following them while other leaders draw a reaction of clearing a room because of their almost nasty demeanor and often narcissistic personalities?

Let's discuss what innate differences exists between those who succeed in leading their organizations to new levels and those that sometimes feel almost like an anchor pulling down the morale and spirit of their teams. Let's talk about Traits of Effective Leaders: What Sets Great Leaders Apart.

In the realm of leadership, effectiveness isn't merely about occupying a position of authority; it's about inspiring, guiding and empowering others toward a common goal. Great leaders possess a unique set of qualities that set them apart from the crowd. Let's delve into these traits and discover what makes them so impactful.

1. Visionary Outlook:

Effective leaders possess a clear and compelling vision of the future. They have the ability to articulate this vision in a way that energizes and motivates their team. By painting a vivid picture of what success looks like, they ignite passion and commitment among their followers.

2. Empathy and Emotional Intelligence:

Empathy is the cornerstone of effective leadership. Great leaders understand the emotions and perspectives of those they lead. By cultivating empathy and emotional intelligence, they build trust and rapport, fostering a culture of collaboration and inclusivity.

3. Resilience in the Face of Adversity:

Leadership is not without its challenges. Great leaders demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity, bouncing back from setbacks with determination and resolve. They view obstacles as opportunities for growth and inspire their team to do the same.

4. Authenticity and Integrity:

Authenticity is a hallmark of effective leadership. Great leaders lead with integrity, staying true to their values and principles even when faced with difficult decisions. By demonstrating honesty and transparency, they earn the trust and respect of those around them.

5. Strong Communication Skills:

Communication lies at the heart of effective leadership. Great leaders excel in both verbal and nonverbal communication, conveying their message with clarity, confidence and conviction. They listen actively, seek feedback and foster open dialogue within their team.

6. Adaptability and Flexibility:

In today's rapidly changing world, adaptability is essential for leadership success. Great leaders embrace change with a flexible mindset, adjusting their approach as needed to navigate shifting circumstances. They encourage innovation and creativity, empowering their team to explore new ideas and solutions.

7. Empowerment and Delegation:

Great leaders understand the importance of empowering their team members. They delegate tasks and responsibilities, trusting in their team's abilities to deliver results. By fostering a culture of empowerment, they cultivate a sense of ownership and accountability among their followers.


Effective leadership is a journey of continuous growth and development. By embodying these traits – visionary outlook, empathy, resilience, authenticity, strong communication skills, adaptability and empowerment – great leaders inspire others to reach new heights of success. Let us strive to cultivate these qualities within ourselves and unleash our full potential as leaders in our respective fields. Together, we can create a brighter future filled with innovation, collaboration and positive change.


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