Top 5 Timeless Productive Executive Traits

Posted by Creatiq Support | Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Top 5 Timeless Productive Executive Traits

Posted by Creatiq Support | Wednesday, September 27, 2017

When you type in the term “leadership qualities” into Google, you
are met with literally millions of articles, blogs, and entries that aim to
define the most productive executive traits. While many are obvious and
on-trend such as the ability to delegate, being purpose-driven, and diplomatic,
we have put together another list of leadership qualities that are deeper and a
bit more time-tested.    

1. Humility

The best executives are said to be a lot of things. But one certain
characteristic of a good leader is their ability to be humble. Being humble
means caring for others, being opening to their opinions, and admitting your
own mistakes. It means taking the teams failures as your own but celebrating
successes as a whole.  

What’s more, research published in the Administrative Science Quarterly
journal found that humility among leadership is correlated with employee
engagement and performance. So, if you want your employees to want to work,
you’ll need to stay humble.

2. Cooperation and
Communication

Cooperation is another base skill essential to an effective leader. And a
leader’s ability to cooperate with other members of their team and other teams
is dependent on their capacity to engage in other characteristics like empathy,
insightfulness, and generosity. Sound familiar? That’s because cooperation is
intimately tied up with communication. Your ability to communicate will
directly impact your ability to cooperate. So, while you think you’re working
on one skill, you’re actually aiming for two.

3. Courage

Where could courage possibly fit into executive leadership? You’re not
exactly leading a trek into deepest, darkest Peru. However, courage is at the
foundation of leadership. Aristotle said, “Courage is the first of human
qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” It takes
courage to be transparent. Courage is required for picking yourself up when you
fall. You can’t be honest, open, authentic or confident without a little bit of
courage.

4. Decisiveness

Decisiveness is not about your ability to make a decision. No, it’s about
your ability to see the decision you’ve made through. Although management in
the 21st century has largely been dedicated to agility in the face of change,
some things must be decided before take-off. Your mission, your goals, and the
way you treat people are all decisions that need to be made – and they need to
be stuck with.  

5. Optimism

Optimists are the cheerleaders that their teams need when the future
looks uncertain. They’re great at rallying people together around a common
cause and reaching goals. An optimistic leader can inspire
superhuman efforts because they help the team understand how to make life
better. All of this may sound trite until you remember that optimists
don’t just have a sunny disposition – they see the bigger picture. When you can
see the whole painting, it’s easier to surmount the obstacles in front of you.
 

Now, if you’ve paid attention, you’ll have noticed that all of these
leadership qualities aren’t merely single traits. They tend to interact and
support your abilities as a whole. Ultimately, to be a productive executive,
you need an arsenal of different traits that help you in meeting each challenge
that comes along.