Jul 20, 2016 01:02 PM EDT

Leadership Traits: 4 Qualities That Appeal To All Types Of Employees

By Emily Marks
Leadership Traits
Leadership traits that appeal to all employees.
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Leaders should be flexible. They have several people to answer to: their bosses, their subordinates as well as clients. Learning how to deal with all types of people, no matter what generation they are from, is important.

Inc. noted that good leadership will result to loyal and trusted followers. Here are four qualities that leaders should have to cater to the Millennials as well as the Boomers and Gen Xers.

1. Inspire. Leaders need to be able to motivate their team members. This is much more than just giving pep talks - you have to be able to inspire them. Appeal to your employees on an emotional level by removing fear first and then encouraging them.

2. Initiate. Be purposeful. The world's best leaders do not wait for urgent situations to take action. They are decisive when needed. Of course, don't forget to take your team's perspective into consideration. The company's goals can only be achieved as a group. Find the balance between getting results and committing to the best interest of the group.

3. Define. Know what you want to achieve and let your team members in on it. Let them know your goals as well as what you expect from them. This way, they will have a clear vision of the path that they should take which will help them with everyday decision-making as well as in seeing the bigger picture.

 

4. Communicate. This cannot be stressed enough. Good leaders need to be able to express their ideas and vision to others well. Listen. Be intentional in spending time with your team. Find more about their personal lives to discover strengths and interest. Put other people's needs first.

Biz Journals also shared six necessary leadership traits. The list includes accountability and adaptability. Having a good attitude and high confidence are keys to good leadership. The publication also noted that excellent verbal and written communication skills are vital, while having compassion for employees is considered as a strength.

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