Business leaders need these 5 qualities in order to lead effectively and confidently.

As you climb higher in your career, you start to realize that maintaining a leadership role is more than just delegating tasks and performing employee evaluations. Leadership is about serving others before oneself while accomplishing goals for your organization. It's not an easy task, but if you maintain and hone these 5 qualities, you'll stay ahead of the game and keep your team engaged and ready to tackle any obstacle that comes your way.

1. A Clear Vision

Know where you are and know where you're headed. Your employees are looking to you to have the roadmap to success and will source their motivation from the goals you set and the necessary steps it takes to get there. 

2. Ethics

Having strong moral principles creates a sense of security for not only your employees - but those who are above you as well. Companies need individuals who can make ethical, legal choices to offset any scandals or wrongdoing. Remember, a lack of ethics gave us the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002

3. Self-Awareness

A great leader knows what they're good at and what they're not good at. There's no shame in admitting your own limitations, in fact, it gives you the opportunity to surround yourself with people who are more adept at a certain skill than you are. As a result, your team is robust and ready for action.  

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4. Integrity 

No matter what stage of your career, honesty is always the best policy. Not only does this make you a more trustworthy leader, but your direct reports will also know that whatever feedback or correspondence they receive is reliable information about their performance and the state of the organization. 

5. Clear Communication

Ask any business leader about a failed initiative and nine times out of ten they will tell you it was due to a breakdown in communication. Communication is critical in achieving a goal and if all the key players are not clued in on what's going on, you can expect to derail success and lose trust very quickly. You've likely played the Telephone Game at some point and rarely does the original phrase successfully make it to the last player. Being clear and concise at every step of a project keeps you on track to accomplishing a goal.

Do you have any tips on how to be an effective business leader? Let us know in the comments!