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5 Leadership Traits That Will Get You Promoted

A common misperception that many people have about being a Leader is that you were born with those traits. Some people are “natural born Leaders,” and others aren’t.

The good news is that those leadership traits are well understood and can easily be learned. The good news is that those traits are a surefire way to put you on the track for promotion. The only bad news with all of this is: most people don’t know it.

I’m about to share the secrets of Leadership and Career acceleration strategy with you now.

You’re going to love this.

1. Initiative

Think about this for a minute. Can you imagine the Leaders you know of being told to go to do things? No. A Leader takes the initiative before someone tells them what to do. That doesn’t mean they don’t communicate their intentions or validate their direction because they do. Validating their direction is all part of the process.

2. “Sees” What Needs to Be Done

A good Leader is constantly assessing the environment for the first sign of anything that needs to be done or problems to be solved. This is thinking beyond the immediate scope of the job. Part of seeing beyond the job includes studying the environment or business so they see the bigger picture.

3. Takes Responsibility

A Leader will step up and take responsibility for work that needs to be done. It may involve recruiting others to join forces to complete the work. Another way to define this behavior is the “ownership” of a work effort, even if it is not formally assigned. Any time you assemble 2 or more people to do something, the outcome will be better if someone steps up to help provide direction.

4. Communicates

You’ll notice that Leaders are always forthcoming with information on all types of things. You never have to chase after them for an update or status because that is an ongoing activity you can expect from this type of person. The Leader seeks the fastest, easiest, and most effective way to communicate important information to others.

5. Looks to the Future

We all know Leaders share their vision of how things can be. They look to improve the environment, including their own way of working. This ongoing look into the future inspires self and others, making it easy to be a follower.

These traits make a person promotable because all managers wish their workers would do this. In the many years that I have had people working for me, these have always been the traits I look for, and when I found people who demonstrated them, they were always on the fast track.

Unfortunately, most people don’t operate with these traits, which is good for you. If you consistently incorporate these traits, you will be a standout person and the type of person rewarded with pay increases and promotions.

Doesn’t that make incorporating leadership traits worth it?

Being a leader is one of the most rewarding things you can do. If you’re ready for a promotion or to take you to the next level, you owe it to yourself.