There are endless lists of important leadership traits, ranging from being a visionary to be able to forgive others who have wronged us. There are endless lists of the traits of the most toxic leaders as well. They are all correct!
There are 3 traits, however, that determine how effective a leader will be in growing their company and developing personally and professionally.
1: Being Coachable and Open to Help
The single most important action a leader can take to be a better leader is to ask for help. Often when we start out, we mistakenly believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness. The opposite is true. Asking for help is a sign that you are secure enough with yourself, and committed with such conviction to your growth that you are open to learning what you need to know in order to make good decisions.
Once you embrace the idea that learning from others and seeking help is a sign of strength, your potential for growth is unlimited.
2: Being Open to Accountability
One of the biggest frustrations my CEO clients share is lack of accountability in their organizations. Accountability always starts with the leader. Employees must see their own leadership teams embrace accountability.
I laugh when young business owners say that they started their businesses because they didn’t want to answer to anyone else. They quickly learn that successful entrepreneurs are accountable to everyone: their employees, customers, banks, investors, partners, vendors, advisors – anyone that touches your company.
CEOs that wake up every day with the mindset, “I have to deliver today because others are depending on me” will always meet or exceed the expectations others have of them, will be seen as someone who is dependable and trustworthy, and will be known as a leader who delivers on their promises. These leaders will attract the best talent and the best customers because they live in integrity, which is the foundation of every healthy relationship.
3: Being Comfortable with Discomfort
Leadership is an endless state of discomfort. You’re constantly stepping up your game, being entrusted to guide others through uncertainty, are constantly being watched, and often face difficult situations that are beyond your control.
Leaders know that complacency and comfort are the fastest paths to obsolescence.
The best leaders possess a wide range of traits, but the potential for personal and organizational growth is limitless for those that embrace help, accountability, and discomfort.
This article was originally written by MARISSA LEVIN, entrepreneur, speaker, & globally recognized growth strategist. CEO of Successful Culture, Marissa helps CEOs master the 3 most critical aspects of business growth.