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December 3, 2016

5 Traits That Define Great Leaders

 |  By: Mike Opperman

Forceful leaders give strict orders and force their teams into action. Other leaders, just as strong, give goals for a team to achieve and hold them accountable for each task. It’s a safe bet that the people on the second team are more effective than the first, and probably have a better feeling about their role in the company. So how do you bring accountability to your team?

Vartika Kashyap, marketing manager at ProofHub, gives insights into how successful leaders get their people to go over board and achieve results.

They care for people. “No one likes to work for a bossy manager,” says Kashyap. “They are the ones who can get things done, but only from machines.” Great leaders care for their people and know the real worth of human resources. They take time to talk to people. “That inspires the team to not just get things done, but go over the board in doing them as well.”

They empower team members. A good leader always empowers each team member to strive for more by showing trust in each individual. Ordinary leaders give orders, great leaders discuss things, Kashyap says.

They look for problems. Great leaders look for solutions that will lead to improvement and inspire the same action from team members.

They KISS (keep it short and simple). “Successful leaders know the importance of time and value it,” Kashyap says. Great managers focus more on getting things done and less on talking about it. They have a system in place for everything from assigning tasks to analyzing results.

They know when to bring change. Kashyap says the most significant difference between an ordinaty leader and a great one is their vision for change. “Regular managers don’t challenge things, great managers always look for change,” she says.