What Makes a Great Leader?

excellence desk.Hello Everyone!

As a Director, I am a leader to a wonderful team of professionals. I love my work and feel privileged to be in a position where I can inspire others along their journey to success. Throughout my years as a Supervisor I have learned a great deal about what it takes to be an effective leader. Below is a summary of my findings:

1. A LEADER INSPIRES. Effective leaders know how to motivate his/her team. He/she is able to draw out each member’s strengths and help them develop as a professional. A leader is someone who a team member looks up to and respects-not only for his/her skill level but for the manner in which he/she approaches life.

2. A LEADER KEEPS HIS/HER PROMISES. A true leader always follows through! A team cannot respect a Supervisor who commits to an idea but then loses interest when confronted with a challenge. In order for a team to excel, it needs a leader who is consistent.

3. A LEADER IS PROFESSIONAL. There is no room for gossip, inappropriate language, or informal attire when in a position of leadership. A true leader know that he/she is a role model and acts as such!

4. A LEADER TREATS HIS/HER TEAM MEMBERS AS EQUALS. True Leadership requires a sense of humility. Staff tend to respect a leader who sees him/herself as a partner within the team-not a Dictator. Degrees and Licenses may look pretty on a wall but true admiration comes from treating others with respect.

5. A LEADER DEMANDS EXCELLENCE. Leadership does not equal laziness! A strong leader recognizes the value of hard work and will never accept mediocrity from the team.

6. A LEADER BUILDS TEAMS. An effective leader develops relationships with his team members. He invests time in each person’s development and takes an active interest in their lives. A Leader recognizes the danger of running an office like a factory and does whatever it takes to be a fully present, active member of the team.

Which of these qualities is the most important to you? What other qualities should we add to this list? If you are a leader in need of Executive Coaching email me now at info@excellencebymonicaguzman.com


5 responses

  1. Great post Monica! the one that is close to my heart is number 2. I’ve come to realize over the years that this is so important not only in business, but also personal life. It speaks to a persons credibility and whether that person can be counted on. I’ve learned “Your word”, is one of the most important things we have at the end of the day. I’ve struggled with being on time. As I’ve grown though, what really helped me was recognizing the impact on others and why it’s so important to be accountable.

    Again fantastic post and I look forward to reading more!



    1. Hello Drew,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m impressed that you are able to identify areas for your personal and professional development. Excellence is a journey and requires a great deal of patience and persistence. Keep working on your goals. From what I can see so far you ARE a man of your word!


  2. Hi Monica,

    I definitely think those are very necessary qualities that makes a good leader. Other traits that I think make a good leader is the ability to reflect, adapt, and be open to new ideas. A good leader should have a balance of introverted and extroverted qualities and be culturally competent in this increasingly global business market.

    Thanks for the post!


  3. Hello Edna!

    Thank you for your feedback. You make a really good point that leaders need to be culturally competent. Our workforce is really diverse so Managers need to have the training and education to effectively deal with employees of all backgrounds. I look forward to more of your feedback!


  4. Hi Monica, Great topic,

    Effective leadership is important whether you are a manager, a teacher, a coworker, a parent, a friend, or a partner. Everyone needs a leader to follow and everyone should have the attributes of a leader.

    “Leadership is the ability to elicit a vision from people and to inspire and empower those people to do what it takes to bring the vision into reality.”
    Curtis, A.E., Vries, J., Sheerin, K. (2011).

    Great topic Monica!
    Irma Velasquez-Kressner, MSN


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