Surprising Aspects to Great Leadership

If you want to be a good leader, it is going to take a lot more than determination and confidence. You need to research and know deeply what the best leaders are really like. The thing about this is that the answers are often much more surprising than people expect, and actually being a wonderful leader requires an awareness of some rather different kind of traits and aspects. In this post, we are going to look specifically at some of the surprising things that great leadership requires, things which you might want to work on in yourself as you try to become a better leader in your field.

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Equally Personable With All

One of the things that the best leaders have is this ability to be equally personable with everyone they come into contact with. That means that you are able to talk to those at the so-called bottom of the chain, just as easily as you can talk to those at the top of the chain. If you can do this, you are showing that you care about all people equally, and that you therefore are a decent human being that they can respect. You would be amazed at how much this makes you an adored leader – and therefore an effective one.

Able To Admit Ignorance

Newcomers to leadership might fall prey to this idea that a leader has to know all things at all times. Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually, you don’t need to know everything in order to lead effectively, and generally people actually trust more the leader who is able to admit ignorance rather than pretending to know things they do not. If you need help with something, it’s best to seek out the help of consultants like or at the very least ask around with those closest to you for help. That is the mark of a good leader.

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Efficiently Use Time

If you think about what makes someone generally a good worker, much of that is going to be true of leaders as well. That is certainly true when it comes to the ability to use time efficiently and effectively – something which a lot of leaders fail to do. When your staff see you using your time well, that encourages them to do the same while also instilling further trust in your abilities as a leader. It really is a powerful signifier of your leadership. See for more on this phenomenon.


Last but certainly not least, you should always aim to be humble in your dealings as a leader. If you are overly arrogant, fewer people will respect you and you will struggle to actually bring them on to your side. However, if you are humble, people will feel that they can trust you in your role and that they can come to you with problems and concerns too. That helps to keep the wheels going, and it’s likely to help you feel better in your role, ironically.