Good Leadership Habits

Dr. Travis Bradberry, coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, has written an article about the 12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders. He says, “Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand.” You know a great leader when you encounter one but what makes him effective? He lists 12 essential behaviors that these exceptional leaders rely on.

1. Courage
People like to know the one they are following is courageous.

2. Effective Communication
You need to be a great communicator to effectively manage and inspire people who work for you.

3. Generosity
Great leaders share credit and praise where it is due. They are committed to their followers’ success.

4. Humility
Leaders who show humbleness will jump in and do the dirty work.

5. Self-Awareness
Dr. Bradberry says this is the foundation of emotional intelligence. They have a clear and accurate image of their own strengths and weaknesses.

6. Adherence to the Golden Rule +1
The Golden Rule says to treat others the way you want to be treated. Dr. Bradberry says to take this a step further and treat others the way they would like to be treated. That means learning more about the people you work with.

7. Passion
Passion is contagious. If a leader is enthusiastic, others will be as well.

8. Infectiousness
Not only have a clear vision but a plan to make that vision become a reality.

9. Authenticity
Be honest in everything. Make sure your words and actions align with who you claim to be.

10. Approachability
Welcome challenges, criticism, and viewpoints other than your own.

11. Accountability
Back up your followers. Don’t shift blame when facing failure.

12. Sense of Purpose
Understand your purpose and why you’re going there.

Of course you don’t incorporate all of these traits at once but focus on a couple at a time.