Leaders play many different roles from managing teams to organizing projects. It may be surprising to hear but not everyone is born a great leader. Often, leadership skills are developed and polished over time. Like anything there’s always room for growth and improvement. So, what can you do to become a better leader? Apply the following six qualities of a good leader to strengthen your leadership skills in business and life.

1. Take Responsibility

It’s often too easy to play the blame game rather than taking responsibility. When you take responsibility for mistakes or missteps, it shows to your team and customers that you have integrity. When you or your business has made a mistake don’t hesitate to apologize.

2. Understand Your Leadership Style  

Everyone has a different way of leading. Are you more laid-back when it comes to leading or are you more of a micromanager? How would you describe yourself? A little self-reflection can go a long way to becoming a better leader. Think about what your strengths are and what skills you can work on.

3. Listen and Communicate Effectively

Being a good listener means more than just nodding along in a conversation. A good listener engages and takes what has been said into thoughtful consideration. Listening is a major part of a good relationship, and therefore, essential for a great leader. When team members and customers feel valued and heard, it allows for better collaboration and creating strong, lasting relationships.

4. Practice What You Preach

As the adage goes, actions speak louder than words. One of the qualities of being a good leader is practicing what you preach. If your team sees you exhibiting positive characteristics and behaviors, they will be encouraged to do the same.

5. Be Transparent

A good leader not only takes responsibility, but also communicates failures — and successes — with openness and honesty, which builds trust among your team. Highly effective leaders are trusted by their team members.

6. Ask for Feedback

It’s not always what you want to hear but feedback can help you become a better and more effective leader. Listening to your team members and customers can help you identify areas for improvement.

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