Traits of Great Business Leaders

Successful careers in business management require the mastery of a number of skills, not the least of which is leadership. Whether you are a born leader or are working hard to get there, there are certain traits that you will need to possess in order to motivate your employees, drive productivity and inspire innovation.

1. Flexibility
Business can be unpredictable, and things don't always go as planned. Great leaders have the ability to be flexible, adapt to changing situations and find new ways for the company to reach its goals. You may have to make important decisions at a moment's notice and steer your team in a new direction.

2. Ambition
Great leaders are courageous and have the ambition to drive their careers forward. It's important not to go overboard, but the right level of ambition can drive the company to new heights of success and help all employees benefit.

3. Vision
If you're going to be an effective leader, you need to be able to inspire people to follow you, and that all boils down to having a clear vision of your goals. Keep that vision in your mind as you go to work each day, and do your best to include others in it by communicating a clear picture of what they, and the company as a whole, are working toward.

4. Humility
As a balance to ambition, you will need to maintain a sense of humility if you are going to be a strong leader. Rather than focusing on always being right, make sure that your actions benefit the entire team - employees will respect you for it.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online bachelor degree programs in business and online MBA programs. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers_business

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