5 Habits Of Exceptionally Good Leaders


Being a good leader isn’t easy, and doesn’t always come natural to everyone. It requires a perfect balance of confidence, and consideration for others and carrying this out successfully can be a challenge. While you may not be in the position to take the role of a leader now, you are bound to reach a point in your career where you might have to and getting ahead in learning how to be good at it is worthwhile.

Be an example
As a leader, you should aim to inspire. The people you are leading will look up to you, and setting an example is the best way to make sure they having something good to follow. An exceptional leader will be a reflection of how they want those surrounding them to be, so having a positive attitude means that it is likely those around you will have one too.

Be approachable
Often being a leader is associated with being in control, but power can lead to too much distance between the leader and the team. An exceptional leader will need to know as much as they can about the team, which means being aware of any problems that they might face. If the team do not feel comfortable enough to approach a leader then problems are likely to arise.

Be self- assured
A good leader will know the balance of when to lead and when to listen to others. Whilst a leader should take on board opinions, they need to be able to make the final decision. Working within a team often leads to conflict, and an exceptional leader will have the confidence to make the final judgement call, despite the protest that the may receive.

Be Committed
To be an exceptional leader you must be committed. Leadership isn’t easy, and having responsibility of others requires dedication. If, as a leader, you fail to show commitment, it is likely that your team will respond with the same attitude. Being a leader will mean that there will be a lot to do, and without complete commitment it will be unlikely that you will be able to fulfil the role to an exceptional standard.

Be Responsible
When you’re a leader it is up to you to make the final call, and with this comes responsibility for the decision that you make. A good leader will accept that when something goes wrong, it is up to them to not just fix it, but also take responsibility for why it happened. Responsibility is daunting, but exceptional leaders thrive with the challenge and don’t shy away from the commitment that it brings.

  1. I would disagree with the last one about the making the last call. As a leader, you have a group of people that are experts on their field and consequently they should be able to know what is done or needs more work. That’s why they’re hired, because of their expertise and they need to know how to defend their decisions and calls with their knowledge. A leader has to be able to recognize these qualities in people when he’s forming a group and be able to trust their knowledge. The last call should be approved by the whole group in the project, with leader representing them later on.


  2. I definitely agree with being approachable. I think sometimes people with a lot of power don’t want to come off that way, but to have the most effective team I think its essential to be approachable to anyone and listen to different viewpoints.

    Blue Eyed Adventurer

  3. I feel that I have a lot of leadership qualities. What it takes to be a good parents, is the same as what it takes to be a good leader. But many times people don’t see that, and only view experience that is on paper. I guess in some ways that’s justified, but I got passed up for a promotion because of this. That’s why I’m trying to work on building my own business so that one day I can control my own life, instead of others dictating it for me. Thanks for the tips.

  4. I totally agree with all the points above. We tend to talk about being an example and inspire people, but part of it is all about being approachable and inspire the team to speak to you. If you do that, the more likely they are to come and discuss any issues and potential plans for resolution. This will also help the leader to make the decision and consult with his team. I’ve seen this fail a few times in organisations where there is too much a blaming culture, or where the “lead” believes is protecting the team by not sharing all the information – although the information may be shared, the team needs to have the feeling of knowing why they are doing what they are. Someone who shares information among the team will also encourage sharing bottom up.

  5. I completely agree that a good leader accepts that people are experts in their field, and that they should definitely be trusted to make their own decisions. I think the point I was trying to make is that there are times when not everyone is going to agree, and it can be impossible to come to a decision that everyone is entirely happy with. For me, it can be helpful to have someoene who makes that final call, and while the whole team should be consulted on the decision, you won’t necessarily be in a situation where each member always agrees.

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