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7 traits all highly successful leaders have in common

Written by Maryam Dodhy ·  1 min read >

Whenever we are stuck in a tough situation we often wonder, what would a great leader do? How would Elon Musk drive innovation? How would Jack Ma increase product growth? How would Mark Zuckerberg cut a great deal?

Being a leader isn’t easy. You are tasked with making your business successful under the prying of people who are hoping you’ll fail. So how is it that great leaders are able to drive a business successfully and inspire their employees to work harder? Here are the top traits we have compiled that all great leaders have in common.

1. Curiosity

Curiosity only killed the cat but never a great leader. In fact, if you aren’t curious about things competition will trod upon you to build a castle on your remains. As a great leader, you need to be aware of the latest trends in the market you work in, both locally and internationally. This will help you plan your next moves and stay ahead of the competition.

2. Optimism

A pessimistic leader will only seed negativity in his team. If your employees are not happy with their jobs and hold a negative attitude, this rings bad news for the growth and development of your business. So keep a positive attitude.

3. Listen More, Talk Less

The ability to listen more and talk less is the trait all of all successful people and is predominant in great leaders too. The more you talk, less you’ll be able to listen to the thoughts of people around you. Being a great listener allows you to pick up great advice, ideas, and suggestions from your superiors, your subordinates and your competitors too!

4. Strategic Planning

Great leaders are always analyzing market trends, customer behavior, and stealthily gather insights from market insiders. In order to benefit their business from these insights they gather, great leaders have the business acumen that allows them to strategically plan moves to stay one step ahead from the market.

5. Resourcefulness

Great leaders are multitaskers with an array of both hard and soft skills. But they are not just resourceful themselves, they like to surround themselves with other resourceful people so that together they can contribute to business growth. Their ability to find multitaskers like themselves comes from their keen observation to spot great talent.

6. Dealmaking

Great leaders are risk takers. They are visionaries and tend to think ahead. As a result, they are constantly analyzing the market to make strategic moves. Once they see a great opportunity they pounce at it and make the deal happen. They’re able to do this using their power of persuasion and invaluable connections.

7. Risk Management

According to XBInsight, great innovative leaders are masterful risk managers. While you need to be courageous enough to make deals you believe could potentially benefit your business, you also need to be well-equipped to curb the damage in case a deal doesn’t work out or even if your company starts malfunctioning.

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Written by Maryam Dodhy
I love bringing to light stories of extraordinary people working in Pakistan's tech and startup industry. You can reach out to me through maryamdodhy@techjuice.pk. Profile