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How a leader drives a business shows clearly in its performance and the happiness of employees. Poor leadership will shows cracks in the seams, poor management, and disempowered teams. 

On the other hand, an effective leader has a tremendous influence on the trajectory of the company, and the ability to create lasting, joyous change within those under his or her leadership.

To do this, a leader must embody the following traits of drive positive impact.

 

1. Communication

Excellent communication is one of the hallmarks of an exceptional leader. 

With honest, direct, and open communication, a leader can use his guidance to positively impact the company. 

However, communication is not just about public speaking and giving decisive directions. Just as important is that a leader takes time to listen actively, attentively, and compassionately. To garner trust and respect, maintain an approachable environment that allows employees to speak their minds. By listening to the ideas and concerns of employees, a leader can fill the gaps in the business, no matter how out of reach. 

 

2. Be an Example

Talking the talk without following through does not make an attractive quality in a leader. 

As the adage goes, “Lead by example.” A company’s policies and values should be carried out by the leader first and foremost. Those under one’s leadership, as well as partners, shareholders, and competitors, will be watching closely. The image of the company falls in line behind the image of the leader.

 

3. Show, not Tell

To show that a leader’s every act aligns with the company’s values means be honest. A leader with integrity lives up to mistakes, admits and accepts them graciously, and goes o a campaign to right every wrong. To be respected as a leader requires being above one’s ego, and showing that you can be accountable to yourself, trustworthy to employees and partners, and stay true to all decisions.

 

4. Strategize Practically

As the decision-makers, leaders must not only strive to always be better. In leading a company to greater heights, there must be a grounded strategy. 

 

To properly communicate a vision, the business leader must break it down into steps to drive all company employees in the right direction. Having practical logistics makes the vision attainable, thus making it easier to motivate employees towards every goal throughout the journey.