There are some common traits found in successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. You most likely have some of these traits already and those you don’t can be developed if it’s a goal of yours to become a successful business leader. Oh, and remember you don’t have to lead an army of employees to reap the benefits of learning these skills.

The top seven traits of a successful business leader include:

Business Leaders Know When to Delegate Tasks.

An important skill for any entrepreneur or business leader to learn is the art of delegation, delegating to others means that you must identify the strengths and weaknesses of those on your team and capitalize on the strengths by passing out tasks accordingly.

Maintain a Positive Attitude.

Keeping your team upbeat and optimistic means that you must maintain a positive attitude and present an energetic front to your team. There must be productivity to meet goals, but you should be able to balance the working hours with some fun times. When those around you see your positive attitude, it becomes contagious and will affect your whole team.

Ethical and Honest.

Always hold yourself and those who work with you to a high level of honesty and ethics and never sacrifice this, no matter what the short term gain might be. Your team, associates and followers are reflections of you, so if you practice honest and ethical behavior, they will follow your pattern.

Ability to Communicate.

Ronald Reagan was well known as “The Great Communicator,” and looking back at his lifestyle, it’s easy to understand why. He was able to clearly explain and focus on what needed to be done and express it in a way that was easily understood. If you have trouble communicating, read books, study or take a course in better communication skills.

Ability to Commit.

George Patton, a well-known general in World War II was a soldier who got up close and personal to those under his command. He fought in the trenches and made it a point to be wherever his men were experiencing difficulty. As a leader, you must make a commitment to lead by example.

Maintain a Sense of Humor.

The day to day activities of being a leader can wear you down if you are not careful. If however you maintain a sense of humor through the discouraging times, your team will continue to maintain a high moral and be more effective.


A real leader should have the ability to change from a path they’re on to another path by taking a creative stance. Sometimes, the decision involves how you’re guiding others, but whatever the reason, creativity helps everyone work towards the goal you’re seeking to achieve.

You need to become a true leader of yourself if you want to accomplish great things or achieve small goals. Leading your team through trials and tribulations is another reason to know how to lead. If your aspiration is to become the best business leader of your own company, or the best entrepreneur it’s vitally important that you know how to lead.

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