14 Characteristics of a Great Business Leader

Characteristics of a great business leader

Even though right now it may just be you (or a few interns) in your business, there will come a time, as your business grows, when you will have a team; a group of people who look to you to lead them towards the goals of your company.  While this it exciting, it should also be a little intimidating.

Being a great leader, in my opinion, is not something that you can learn from a book. It takes time, practice, and the ability to admit to mistakes.

Recently, while taking a business growth course here in NYC, I participated in a group exercise where we listed characteristics of the best leaders we’ve worked with in the past.

Take a look and take it in, people.

Start to embody some of these characteristics in your work so that, as you grow as a business, you also grow as a leader.

14 Characteristics of a Great Business Leader

  • Encourages creativity
  • Possesses a balance of confidence and humility
  • Is a closer
  • Is a teacher
  • Is strategic in decision making
  • Has a generosity of spirit
  • Knows how to effectively delegate
  • Great listener
  • Is fair
  • Is non-reactive
  • Is supportive
  • Is respectful
  • Has a positive energy
  • Is decisive

I know there are a few on this list that I can definitely improve (I’m lookin’ at you, decisive).

What characteristics would you add to the list? Hit us up in the comments below.

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

  1. Sonia K

    I guess I would add up:

    Is a good reader…. needs to be up to date with trends and that can’t all come from just listening!

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