Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Top 5 Characteristics of a Leader

Job Hunting

Leaders come equipped with various skills and traits.

Job hunting these days can be frustrating: countless hours spent online searching for job openings, formatting and re-formatting your resume, followed by endless interviews. If you’re looking for a career in a management position you must be prepared to show that you possess certain traits deemed important for those in a leadership role.

1) The Ability to Communicate

You’ve heard it before and you’re about to hear it again: communication is key. The ability to accurately convey your ideas to your employees is essential to ensuring your team is on the same page as you! Poor communication can only result in wasted time and effort on many accounts.

2) Consistency

The more consistent you are, the more credibility you will get from your team. You set a good example for them if you remain consistent in your work and they will strive to maintain that same level of consistency in their own work.

3) Being Responsible

Sometimes things don’t go as planned; whether it was a bad ad campaign or poor results one quarter, as a leader you must accept responsibility and move on. The best leaders learn from their mistakes.

4) Confidence

Confidence in yourself and your abilities as a leader is vital and confidence can appear in many different forms. When things look bleak (it happens), your team will look to you. As long as you can take control of the situation and remain confident your team will follow your cues.

5) Have Passion

Passion fuels drive, drive gets things done, and people respect those who can accomplish whatever task is put in front of them.

Leaders come equipped with various skills and traits, but possessing these traits specifically will be an asset to you as a leader as well as in a variety of other jobs too. If you’re looking to gain the essential leadership skills you need to get ahead you should consider an education in Business Administration.

Brighton College is now offering Business courses at its brand new Surrey campus in Central City Mall. With a focus on project management, this program offers students a chance to develop leadership skills both in the classroom and on the job with a 24 week co-op placement at the end. If you have a passion for leadership this is the program for you!

Find out more about Brighton’s Business Management programs today!

Jessica Hurford
Author: Jessica Hurford
Jessica Hurford is a Social Media Coordinator and Copywriter at Brighton College in Vancouver, B.C. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Communication from Simon Fraser University.
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