ADVERTISEMENT
blog header

3 Characteristics of a Great Leader

Some people were born natural leaders simply because they possess three key characteristics that allow them to be successful in leadership roles. Check out these essential characteristics of a great leader below to see if you have what it takes.
  1. Lead When You Have To: A good leader knows when it's time to lead and when not to. They don't always feel the need to take charge, but will take a look at the situation and assess what needs to be done.
  2. Have a Sense of Humor: Team morale becomes more important than ever when things start to go wrong. Leaders need to have the ability to keep everyone motivated, even when you've just lost a major client. While mistakes may have been made, a great leader will get his or her team laughing about what may have happened, which helps to keep productivity up and ensures team members aren't scared of their boss.
  3. Let Your Morals Guide You: The business world can often be on morally shaky ground, making executives choose between a big pay check and the high road. A really great leader is one that knows his or her morals and stands by them. This person isn't easily swayed by less than moral opportunities and has strong integrity.

Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear from you! What characteristics do you think every leader should have? Share your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments!

More from PayScale

9 Ways to Level Up as Leader

Unexpected Answer: Qualities of a Good Leader

Leadership in the Workplace: The Importance of Integrity

leader

(Photo credit: © Minerva Studio - Fotolia.com)

Comment

  1.    
     
     
      
       
Find Out Exactly What You
Should Be Paid
Job Title:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
United States (change)
- OR -
ADVERTISEMENT
SEARCH
SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG
subscribe
SOCIALIZE WITH US
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus Pinterest
JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
go!
Compensation Today