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What Trait Do Great Leaders Share?


In my recently published short article, “So You Want to be CEO”, I discuss how leaders need to get out of their offices to interact with the people in their organization, so they can become the great leaders everyone aspires to be. I also talk about the importance of measuring employee engagement to stay on top of what is really happening in your company.

I suggest the first thing you need to do is to check your ego at the door.

An article in Inc. Magazine, “The Unexpected Trait that Moves Leaders from Good to Great”, confirms my approach with some extensive research.

The article references research published in Administrative Science Quarterly, which discovered that humble leaders are essential for high-functioning teams.

Here are some of the ways humility is defined by the study:

  • Self-awareness
  • Openness to feedback
  • Appreciative of others
  • Low self-focus
  • Seek accurate self-knowledge
  • Accept imperfections
  • No need for entitlement or dominance over others


whattraitsdogreatleadershareI think you will enjoy reading this article. Most of us want to become great leaders!

Furthermore, these attributes are leadership traits that I have talked about before as being central to employee engagement.

For example, employees need to be recognized for their good work (i.e. be appreciative of others)!

These very characteristics are key parts of the employee engagement survey I built at Workplace Engagement Insights, so I know they work!

>> Get in touch with me to talk about assessing and improving the leadership at your organization.

Need ideas to help you better connect with your employees? Check out my free cheat sheet for “Improving Employee Engagement in Just 10 Minutes”.

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Written by Dwight Lacey

Dwight Lacey

Dwight is the President at Workplace Engagement Insights. He leads Workplace Engagement Insights with a clear understanding of the latest employee engagement research, survey best practices, and leadership styles that create successful businesses.

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