Traits of an Effective Business Leader - Ross Sanner

Traits of an Effective Business Leader

Becoming an effective business leader does not happen overnight. It takes years of practice to become an effective leader while also developing a specific leadership style. A great business leader will possess the following leadership characteristics in their work life.


Understanding your strengths and weaknesses is one of the most significant skills a leader can bring to the office. Self-aware leaders can support their co-workers because they can use their strengths to help in any situation. Effective leaders should also make sure that they do not cover up their weaknesses. Being open and addressing them can often turn a weakness into a strength making for a more well-rounded leader.


Effective leaders must treat everyone equally regardless of the circumstances. Without fairness, every situation, conflict or personal issue can spiral out of control. Being fair allows you to be subjective while also showing subjectivity to stressful situations. Setting ethical principles, practices, and policies for anything that could happen in the office will ensure that positive outcomes occur quicker than they would without them.


The best way to instill interest as an effective leader is to lead by example. Employees do not want to work for someone who does not embody the same characteristics they are being told they need to display. As a leader, you should show everyone around you your commitment and enthusiasm on a regular basis. Seeing this will make your employees and others around you to be the best possible coworker and work their hardest to meet tight deadlines.


No one likes a know it all but the same goes for people who know nothing. Every business leader needs to be fully immersed in the business and the industry at large. It is crucial that effective leaders keep a pulse on what’s happening day by day in the industry they are employed. It is also essential for leaders to be present every day in the workings of the office and stay on top of facts, figures and the companies best practices.


Imagination and Creativity
The growth of a business does not directly come from hard work. Leaders who can employ new and innovative ideas and build talent from within their company allows for business and leaders to stay around for more extended periods. Creating a profitable company takes imagination and creativity. Being able to take a loose idea and turn it into something successful is a direct reflection of the hard work it can take to build a company creatively.

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Ross Sanner is the Founder and CEO of Think Growth Consulting LLC, a leading company that guides both nonprofit and for-profit businesses through smart, expansive investment and growth opportunities.