Businesses – regardless of its size and type – need leaders. This is an unquestionable fact that all successful entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, Warren Buffet, and Jack Ma have learned and practiced throughout the years in business.

When there is no leader in an organization, teams can fall into chaos. Nobody knows who is doing what, nobody is tracking the progress of goals that need to be met, opportunities are missed in the midst of chaos, and everybody is giving opinions on what action should be taken without reaching a proper consensus. When there is no one effectively heading the business, productivity is lost in favor of trying to patch things up and making any semblance of an organization.

An effective leader can avoid these tough situations, which is not only critical for the completion of a project or task, but also for the growth and success of the organization, especially for businesses. When there is someone at the wheel and taking charge of what should happen and when should things be accomplished, the processes are better, simpler, and more efficient in the long-term. So the question is: What does it take to be a successful business leader?

One of the characteristics of a great business leader is being authentic. A great business leader inspires everyone, and that inspiration spreads like a virus inside their organization. They do this by being real and being genuinely interested in what is happening around them. As they are inspired by what is around them, they automatically inspire others.

Successful business leaders are also true believers of themselves, what they do, in their team, and their company. Such traits explain why they are able to create a fair working environment, as their confidence helps them create a vision and then assign clear performance measurement process that guides their team to success.

Aside from being genuine and true about themselves, there are other traits that all great business leaders have in common.

To know these, here are the key takeaways from the infographic below from Business Coaches Sydney which describes the attributes of a great business leader.

  1. They are great communicators.
  2. They have great decision-making skills.
  3. They see setbacks as motivation to achieve more.
  4. They know how to use network effectively.  
  5. They don’t settle on their comfort zone.
  6. They keep their emotions in check.
  7. They are passionate about what they do.

Check out the infographic below to learn more.

7 Attributes of a Great Business Leader

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Garret Norris is the founder and CEO of Sparkle Training and through his company, remains dedicated as ever to use his training and real life business experience to meet his passion to see business succeed through disciplined management, creative marketing and committed client service.