Leadership Traits: What are Four Traits Leaders Must Have?

Leadership Traits: Some teams have a manager but still suffer from a lack of leadership.  What traits help leaders raise the team standards and increase team success?

Leadership Traits: What are Four Traits Leaders Must Have?

Leaders have many traits.  Some of these traits are good traits that not all leaders have.  For example, a leader with charisma easily draws people to them.  Leaders who are more intelligent help the team make better decisions.  But what are some traits that you can develop and every leader must have?

Here are my ideas.


Yes, not just honesty, but self-honesty.

Self-honesty is about you recognizing and correcting your mistakes.  It’s the honesty to recognize your weaknesses.

It is burying your ego so that you can accept the truths that stand between you and success.

To be successful takes more than overcoming lying, cheating, and stealing.  For that matter, there are successful liars, cheaters, and thieves.

But even successful thieves must be honest about their mistakes and their weaknesses.  Otherwise, they will never become more effective, successful thieves.

Furthermore, self-honesty might be the most overlooked of all leadership traits.


A closed mind is the wall between ignorance and learning.  It is also a wall between the shared intelligence of the team and the mind of a boss.

Of all the leadership traits, open-mindedness might be the most important trait for creative, responsive teams.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (sometimes abbreviated “EI” or referred to as Emotional Quotient “EQ”) is the ability to identify your emotions and the emotions of other people. When leaders can manage their emotions to increase their performance, emotional intelligence becomes a skill.

Furthermore, the skill become the greatest when leaders can manage their emotions and the skills of their team to become more productive and successful teams.

People who have emotional intelligence know how to read people.  They have an intuitive sense of why people do things and how to motivate people to do things.

Ability to Grow

Leaders who continue to grow become a source of continuous growth of the team.  A team that continues to grow become more effective the longer the team stays together.

Teams that grow make the leap from short-term survival to long-term success.