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5 Traits of an Efficacious Leader

One of the common misconceptions of the organizations is that, the more senior/experienced you are, the more successful leader you will be. But this is not the reality. Seniority and experiences do not create successful leaders. There are many top executive professionals who are not actually as successful as those, who are not officially recognized as leaders. Leadership is a multidimensional concept, gripping a number of traits in itself. Leadership is a person’s practical performance, not just what he/she says or thinks to do. A leader is an initiator, rather than just thinking of taking initiatives he/she straight away takes steps to start. Being a successful leader one has to possess a number of qualities, some of the successful traits are:


Clear Vision and Purpose:

The most important trait for being a successful leader is having clarity in the vision and purpose. A leader must know what he/she is actually up to. If a leader is enthusiastic and excited to fulfill the objectives and visions, the followers will get a good impression and they will follow the leader with the same enthusiasm and passion. Whatever a leader does or says people observe and follow it, and it becomes an act of leadership.

Ability to make Tough Decisions:

A leader must be capable of critically deciding what is good for the organization’s success as a whole. Rather than promoting personal or individual success, a leader should make decisions for the overall success of all. If a team member, who gave an excellent performance in the past and has a good relationship with the team, but he/she is not performing well in the present, the leader must remove him/her from the team for the success of the organization. Similar, tough decision making, makes a leader successful and more devoted to the organization.


Motivation for others:

A leader is a great source of motivation for the people working under him/her. A leader must have an ability to motivate people to achieve the goals. A balance of using techniques like boosting their passion to granting bonuses to manipulation makes it all possible. Leader decides the fate of others, make goals, expectations and boundaries for himself/herself, the company and the team. Leader is the one who determines the level of performance for his/her team. Higher the level of motivation will be, the higher will be the performance of the team.


If a leader is not capable of communicating the vision clearly to the team, then probably each team member will go for achieving what he has understood, and not what actually the goal is. A leader is clear about the vision and goals he/she wants to achieve, but when he communicates it to the team and the team gives him a blank impression, it means something is wrong. The problem can be “communication”. A leader must boost his/her communication expertise in that situation, he/she must be aware of the range of techniques to be used while communicating. Communication is not just verbal, leader must have the ability to use expressions, body language and the stress and pauses in the tone to efficiently communicate the idea. Once the idea, is communicated clearly, the team will be able to perform in a best possible way.


The most important trait that a leader may possess is confidence. There must be times when the team is not working properly or the results are not as satisfactory as they were expected to be. A leader may get sadden in this situation, but this does not mean that he/she has to. Panicking and disappointments may lead to further difficulties. A leader must be confident and calm in all the situations and tell others to relax and covey them that the obstacles are normal and keep maintaining the morale of the team. People feel and follow the same a leader feels, if the leader is confident the whole team will be confident and their morale will not shatter. The main objective in these situations is to keep calm and motivate team members to continue their work.

Some leadership qualities can be taught while the others may come through experience. One can learn the communication and team building skills but qualities like, judgment, negotiation and compassion must be possessed through experiences.

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