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21 Skills of a Leader

Do you possess the true skills of a leader? Do you call yourself a leader in your industry, but your team does not respect you or turn to you for answers? Business leadership skills is the biggest set of tools you could have in your toolbox.  Without solid leadership abilities you will never grow in your organization because even if you convince someone to join your team, that is far from enough.  You need to be able to lead, teach, and get results from your teammates.

Below I have outlined for you 21 skills of a leader.  Every leader should possess most, if not all, of these skills.  But don’t worry if you find yourself saying no more to the specified skill than yes.  There is always room and time for improvement and the beauty is that now you have a great list as a jumping off point to mold yourself into the iconic leader you want to be.

  1. Passion. You need to have passion about your company/products.  When others see that they will follow suit.
  2. Be Organized. Cluttered life + Cluttered mind = Nothing gets done in a timely manner.
  3. Lead By Example. How can you expect someone to do something that you won’t do yourself?
  4. Delegate. You can’t do everything yourself.  Delegate things out to be more efficient.
  5. Be Forward Looking. Make sure you know what tomorrow, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and 5 years from now looks like.  You will get hit with fewer surprises this way.
  6. Be Inspiring to Your Team. Inspire others every day, make them want to follow in your footsteps.
  7. Admit and Learn From Your Mistakes. If you can be a bigger man and admit when you are wrong, and even better can learn from it to never do it again; then you are ahead of most “Leaders.”
  8. Communicate Effectively. Talk WITH people, not AT people!
  9. Be Brave. You are going to have to make some tough decisions that no one else wants to.
  10. Know Your People. Figure out who they are and what makes them tick.  You will see more movement if they know you genuinely care.
  11. Share Leadership. You are going to have to set your team up for success and by sharing some leadership responsibilities; it is okay, you are getting them ready.
  12. Build Unity in Times of Change.  When times are tough, building unity is easy because everyone wants to work towards a common goal.
  13. Know and Utilize the Strengths of Your Teammates. Proper placement of certain strengths is key.
  14. Train As A Team. Everyone will be on the same page and it further reinforces unity.
  15. Be Proficient. You must be able to do and teach others how to do every task that is required for success of your business.
  16. Make Intelligent Decisions. Be sure you are thinking of your whole organization and not just yourself, when making decisions for your business.
  17. Be A Follower. You need to be a follower of others ideas and suggestions sometimes, otherwise you will find yourself in a dictatorship.
  18. Be A Great Listener. When you are, you will be better in tune with the needs of your team and can adjust accordingly.
  19. Continue Your Own Self Growth and Education. Never get too comfortable in your position, keep pushing yourself for the better.
  20. Be Able to Self-Motivate. You need to be able to motivate yourself before others will be motivated by you.
  21. Uphold Your Morals and Values. If you preach “Family First” then don’t judge or be angry at a teammate who takes a day off to be with a sick child.  Always uphold your morals and values; that will build trust and respect for a lifetime.

As I mentioned before, if you are not hitting the mark in all the above areas, don’t worry, I have given you a great outline of how to improve your leadership skills.  Over time, all of the concepts will be like second nature to you.

I hope you found value in today’s post and I look forward to receiving your comments and connecting with you.

Talk to you soon!

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9 thoughts on “21 Skills of a Leader

  1. Great list Tony – the only other thought I had was that leaders also have to be willing to make the tough decisions. Sometimes you have to be willing to let people go – as much for their sake as yours. I’ve seen too many leaders get burned out because they ended up spending more time on those who were struggling, that those who had the great potential make succeed.

  2. They say, Tony, it takes 21 days to form a habit. Interestingly, you have 21 characteristics of a successful leader. So, taking on one new trait a day for 21 days you should find yourself closer to being a great leader.
    Thanks for the post. Very powerful. Will definitely repost this.

  3. Rick said it best, I also immediately saw a connection with the 21 days of forming a habit.

    Leadership can be defined in many ways and you did a great job at summing it all up. 

    Awesome Stuff Tony !!!

  4. Hi Tony, that sure is  a long list of skills!  What I love most about a network marketing team, is that we can all leverage off each other’s skills.  So, until new people gain a certain  trait, they can leverage off another team leader.   bye fro now, Julieanne

  5. Wow!  Great post, Tony.   Leadership is the #1 skill that any business owner should desire to obtain….

    And the funny thing about is, that you never stop learning how to lead.  It’s dynamic.  You never arrive as a leader.   Leaders have to be learners.  It’s part of the deal.


  6. Thanks Coach, I just want to leave people in a better position than I found…

  7. Hey Tony,

    Great tips and wow ! so many of them..many thanks again 🙂

    I have just stopped by a blog post by Peter and he just mentioned about people..and I believe if the leadership skill we are talking about in MLM versus corporates, they are certainly different ! In Corporate, we can set rules and get things done and if you have leadership skill, it is so much easier to get everyone to cooperate but if in MLM, it is different, many will think that I am doing my own business and don’t tell me what to do from a – z  but certain things they will follow and many things they will think they have all rights because they are owners of that home based business 🙂 Only minority will follow !

    But, I agree with the skills you provide here and many thanks again. Very useful, Tony.


  8. Perly,

    You couldn’t have said it better! I would much rather shave the hair off a badger’s butt in a phone booth while wearing a poncho made out of meat!

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