Traits of the most successful leaders

Posted on 22/03/2017 by admin

Australia’s senior leadership tier is ageing.

Currently, more than half of the senior leadership roles in multi-site organisations are held by individuals aged 55 years or over. Workplace leaders tend to be younger – 43% of them are under 45 years of age*.

So what does this mean for you?

Millennial leadership roles are on the rise; there’s no better time for young professionals to hone their skills and progress more quickly into a senior role. And we can help.

Got a leadership role in your sights?

Start with an accredited qualification in management, and then have a look at our list of traits that the most successful leaders tend to have in common. Can you tick some off the checklist already? These are great soft skills for any future leader to work on.

  • Ability to focus. It’s not just your work you need to pay attention to, but the work of your whole team! Multitasking isn’t worth it; you’ll need to focus your full attention on one task at a time.
  • Communication skills. You’ll need to be able to clearly explain tasks and wider business goals to your team, and master both one-on-one and large group conversations. Listening is also a crucial part of this.
  • Delegation. No good leader can do it all by themselves! Strong leaders can identify the unique skills of each employee and divide work based on these skillsets, giving themselves space to focus on the bigger picture.
  • Commitment. 100% – to your team, to your goals, and to your projects. Your team will follow suit.
  • Positive outlook. Nobody wants to work for a negative Nancy.
  • Creativity. A good leader knows that the conventional path isn’t always the best one, especially in today’s ever-changing professional landscape.
  • Trusting your intuition. As a leader, you’ll have the final say for crucial business decisions. Trust your gut and take risks occasionally – your team will respect you for it, regardless of the outcome.
  • Flexibility. Mistakes get made and things don’t always go to plan. Good leaders are accepting of change, and can adjust their plans as necessary.
  • Passion. You’ve got to motivate and inspire your team to work hard to achieve business goals, which is much easier if you’re passionate about achieving them yourself.


Leadership skills play an essential role in every industry, so whether your aspirations involve breaking into the corporate world or running your own business empire, we’ll help you achieve them.

Get started on your own leadership journey with Martin’s Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51915), or for the most comprehensive understanding possible, the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB61015).




*Study of Australian Leadership (Centre for Workplace Leadership)

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