According to Business Insider, there are 4 key character traits that make a strong leader.
1.) They are radically honest.
Being authentic and vulnerable with your employees will likely cause them to reciprocate and gain your trust.
2.) They are supportive.
John C. Maxwell said, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." The best leaders demonstrate their support by showing interest in their employees beyond the workplace. They encourage their strengths and support their aspirations.
3.) They recognize the talents and strengths of their tribe.
Great leaders will recognize each individual’s talents and develop strategies to make sure each person is able to use those strengths every day.
4.) They display empathy.
The ability to listen and personally relate to what your employees are going through is the single most important character trait of a strong leader. This is a skill that can’t be faked and according to a study done by Development Dimensions International (which has studied leadership for 46 years), only four out of 10 leaders are “proficient in or strong on empathy.”
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