According to Forbes, there are eleven core traits of effective leadership:

  1. Self-managing – You can’t manage others if you can’t manage yourself.
  2. Acting strategically – Leaders are curious about their company and industry, have a flexible mindset, are future-thinking, and maintain a positive outlook.
  3. Good communicator – Powerful leaders know when to talk and when to listen.
  4. Be Accountable – Effective leaders take responsibility for mistakes.
  5. Set clear goals and are persistent – People with clear goals who pursue them doggedly are seen as more charismatic.
  6. Future Vision – Exceptional leaders have a keen eye for where their company and industry are headed.
  7. Managing Complexity – Good leaders solve problems and remain calm.
  8. Foster Creativity and Innovation – Leaders brave enough to take chances themselves will inspire others to think outside the box.
  9. Forms Strong Relationships – Leaders build a following in the company but are adept networkers who establish strategic relationships across channels.
  10. Always Learning – Effective leaders are curious but they also thinking critically, deal well with ambiguity, and demonstrate social and emotional intelligence.