What are leadership attributes? They are the personal qualities in a person that constitute effective leadership abilities. These attributes exist in large quantities in some people and not so large quantities in others. These attributes comprise of characteristics such as values, character, motives, habits, traits, competencies, motives, style, behaviors, and skills.

The key leadership attributes that will develop and shape people potential are as follows:

Personal character and integrity

Leadership is important to corporate performance. However, leaders with integrity are not just preferred but are of great importance in order for businesses to succeed in today’s economy. A person who possesses integrity exhibits absolute honesty and ethical values when dealing with people. This is the kind of person that people admire and aspire to emulate. Integrity is a leadership attribute that lets a person live in truth with themselves, which in turn leads to wholehearted and sincere commitment.

Empathy

When a person is able to empathize with another human being, a bond is forged that motivates and inspires. This quality of empathy allows the person to obtain an insight into what others may be feeling or thinking. It helps the person to understand how or why certain people react to certain situations in a certain way. Empathy sharpens our people acumen and informs our decisions. Empathy is extremely critical in leadership development when dealing with young, independent, highly marketable and mobile workers. People who are naturally and consistently empathetic can easily forge positive connections with others because they listen.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence refers to one’s capacity to be aware of and to recognize self’s feelings and the feelings of others. This attribute is extremely valuable as it helps in self-motivation, and allows the person to manage and motivate others. Based on research statistics, emotional competencies comprise 67% of the essential core competencies that are part of effective leadership in today’s world.

Organizational ability

This leadership attribute is a deal maker or breaker in most companies. Even with all other valued leadership attributes, if a person does not possess organizational capability, then the processes, practices, and activities that create value for the organization will not be converted to action. This attribute is what helps a person to build organizational infrastructure and leverage employee diversity to deploy teams and design human resource systems. This is the attribute that makes change happen.

by:  Anjela Mangrum, CPC

Anjela Mangrum is the founder of Mangrum Career Solutions Inc.  MCS partners with industrial and machining manufacturing businesses to source and secure mid-to-upper level talent for operations, supply chain, and engineering positions.  They work to empower individual job seekers by helping them gain a competitive edge in their job search. For hiring needs contact Anjela at 513.753.3813 x101.

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