The ten most important leadership qualities for managers

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The success of a company depends to a large extent on the leadership competence of its managers. If you are at the top of a company and want to lead your employees competently, you need leadership qualities. Some of these leadership skills can be learned, others are character traits. A prerequisite for leadership strength is that they have a natural authority and feel comfortable in their role as superiors, because this is the only way your employees will trust you and let you lead them.

Read below to find out which ten leadership qualities are considered particularly important by management consultants:

1. Be a role model

Leaders always serve as role models, because as a boss you are constantly under observation. Supervisors who demand something from their employees that they do not achieve themselves quickly lose their credibility.

2. Ability to communicate

The ability to communicate is regarded by many as an important leadership competence. No wonder, because a large part of a manager’s work consists of communicating content and strategies both internally and externally. However, this flow of information must not remain one-sided, because good bosses always have an open ear for the concerns of their employees. Successful communication requires diplomatic skill this is also an important leadership quality.

3. Flexibility

Today, flexibility is one of the most important competences in everyday professional life and managers should also bring plenty of it with them. Those who react quickly to unforeseen situations and find solutions do a good job.

4. Sense of responsibility

That a manager has to take responsibility for a team of employees is clear to most people. But it is just as important to be able to give up responsibility. The art of delegating protects superiors from the danger of getting bogged down.

5. Clear expectations

Only those who clearly communicate their expectations to the individual employee as well as to the entire team and commit themselves together to a realistic timeframe will achieve good results.

6. Acceptance of errors

To a certain extent you should accept mistakes as a superior, because no one is immune from them. If mistakes happen, you should sit down with the employee and find out how to better avoid them in the future.

7. Recognize potentials

Every employee has strengths and weaknesses. It is your task to find out where these are and to deploy the employee according to his or her skills.

8. Assemble a team

Only those who work in a team are successful today. So you should be able to form a complete puzzle out of your employees, in which each piece of the puzzle has its task and everyone can rely on everyone.

9. Motivation

Inspire your employees to share common goals and celebrate successes together.

10. Ability for self-criticism

As a superior, you have to take a critical look at yourself from time to time. Admitting a mistake shows true greatness.

Published by Dave John

Decade of work experience in leadership consulting with strong focus on talent acquisition & assessment across different industries and geographies.

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