5 Traits Successful Leaders Won’t Accept

There are some skills that successful leaders radiate. So it stands to reason that these same skills are a priority when it comes to creating their own teams. In order to attain the sought-after position of Senior Manager, or to find the right mentor for you, we recommend that you consider your own skills and talents. What are character strengths that you see as a prerequisite for senior managers? And which traits do you admire in your own superiors?

5 Traits Successful Leaders Won't Accept

We’ve searched for key qualifications, and discovered an article on these necessary traits successful leaders won’t accept – from themselves, or from their colleagues. So, listen up, and ask yourself where you fall on this spectrum.

1. Dishonesty

I think it’s self explanatory why dishonesty has no place in a professional environment. If you catch yourself beginning to cover up mistakes, or talk behind a colleague’s back, just for your own good, people will eventually catch on. So, be open and honest, admit to mistakes, and show that you are a transparent professional. Then you’ll earn your rank among the elite rank of successful leaders.

2. Mediocrity

You must always give your best. Always. No excuses. It’s not an option to take the easy way out. Only when you strive and hold yourself to the highest standards will your team members adapt to these expectations, and eventually they will rise to the challenge.

3. Disrespect

Regardless of whether you’re satisfied with the work methods of your colleagues or coworkers or not: you should always take care to treat one another with respect, even if your associates don’t. When you respect each other, you can collaborate effectively. And this is the beginning of a wonderful work atmosphere.

4. Idleness

Just because you have no interest in doing work or solving a problem, it doesn’t give you the right to pass the responsibility to someone else. You must actively work to problem solve, even when it bores you. This will earn you positive feedback from your colleagues, and you’ll act as a positive role model, too.

5. Negativity

Of course, not everything will run smoothly in the workplace – this is true in even the best companies. But a healthy mix of optimism and realism will take you far. Otherwise, motivation is in short supply, and this is the worst possible condition for productivity and success. So why not try instead with some optimism?

So, senior managers, don’t be disappointed if you see yourself in one or more of these descriptions. Everyone has his bad days, or bad habits. But we should never stop striving to orient ourselves towards a new goal, and to hold ourselves to the highest standards with others. This doesn’t mean that you should constantly doubt yourself, but a little self reflection doesn’t hurt anyone. Good luck!

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