10 of the Best Tips for Effective Business Leadership

10 of the Best Tips for Effective Business Leadership

The world greatest business leaders share numerous qualities. Many of these skills can be learned, and many of them are interrelated and overlap. In this article, we look at 10 of the key criteria for effective leadership.

1. Honesty

It is vital to show honesty and integrity in all aspects of business and to model the behavior you expect in both the workplace and your personal life. It can be helpful to develop a list of values and core beliefs that you uphold yourself—and which you expect your team to adhere to as well.

Many cite honesty as the most important quality a leader can display because it serves as a gateway for inspiration and trust. In a recent survey polling more than 100,000 people, 89 percent of participants valued honesty above all other attributes in terms of business leadership.

2. Communication

Effective communication is an essential skill for any successful leader. Leaders must possess a clear vision of what they are trying to achieve and convey their ideas effectively.


Communication involves more than simply making yourself heard. The ability to listen is equally important. Successful leaders ensure team members feel comfortable making contributions, safe in the knowledge that their ideas will be taken seriously.

3. Positivity

Positivity keeps teams motivated. Leaders can transform frustrations into positivity by identifying learning opportunities and unanticipated beneficial side effects. Maintaining a “can do” attitude helps teams avoid becoming overwhelmed, which has the potential to lead to burnout.

4. Creativity

Leaders will often find themselves confronted by unfamiliar situations and unexpected challenges. It is important to stay objective and judge the situation as it is presented without allowing past experiences to cloud your judgement. This will help you tailor the solution to the problem instead of trying to use out-of-the-box strategies.

Creativity is a quality that defines transformational leadership. Just as leaders need to demonstrate a dynamic approach, so followers must be encouraged to express themselves creatively. Creativity doesn’t necessarily have to originate with you; take advantage of your team’s strengths and experiences!

5. Encouragement

It is important to encourage team members to share their ideas and welcome their input. Leaders who encourage group members to get involved are often referred to as participative or democratic leaders. While they ultimately have the final say over decisions, democratic leaders encourage team members to take an active role in terms of formulating plans and ideas.

6. Adaptability

In today’s volatile business world, the ability to retain an open mind and display flexibility and adaptability is more important than ever before. Organizations all over the world are becoming increasingly focused on the customer experience, and expectations are constantly changing.


Every industry has its own unique concerns. However, in this age of digitization, new technologies and innovations, and instant gratification, the need for adaptability has become more acute than ever before.

7. Recognition

Many employers expend vast amounts of time and money to increase workplace productivity, with the ultimate aim of gaining a competitive edge. Many companies to recognize the importance of recognition and praise in terms of sparking creative success.

Good leaders make their employees feel appreciated and important. They excel at creating opportunities to recognize and reward their teams, and to make members feel valued and validated. Whether you provide tangible rewards or simply call out employees who go above and beyond by name, recognition is a powerful motivational tool at leaders’ disposal.

8. Delegation

No one can shoulder the burden of an entire company alone. None of us can be everything at all times to everyone. Delegation is vital to effective leadership.

Effective leaders recognize the need to delegate. They surround themselves with competent individuals who can get the job done. Many leaders are reluctant to relinquish control, but in doing so, they free themselves to spend their time more effectively.

In order to delegate, leaders must have confidence in their team. It is vital, therefore, for business leaders to surround themselves with competent professionals who can be trusted to get the job done.

9. Commitment

Leaders who demonstrate commitment motivate and inspire their employees. Leaders who are committed have a clear vision for the business, not only in terms of its origins, but its long-term goals. They also find ways to move toward these goals even when the going gets tough. Demonstrating tenacity in the face of setbacks is key to effective leadership.

10. Confidence

Commitment must be paired with confidence in order to be truly motivational. Virtually all leaders experience moments of self-doubt. Nevertheless, it is vital to maintain confidence. Team members look to their leaders for direction and assurance.

To be successful, business leaders must not panic when faced with challenging situations such as recruitment during the coronavirus pandemic. Even if you don’t feel confident on the inside, having a calm exterior can be just as effective at bolstering your team’s morale.

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About the Author

Joanna RileyJoanna (Jo) Riley is an entrepreneur, investor, and advocate in technology, and is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Censia. Jo has a highly experienced background in building and scaling companies, which she attributes to her deep passion for people and building technologies that allow people to be their best selves. She brings her wide knowledge of the industry to better transform the way enterprise companies hire talent. You can connect with Joanna Riley at @joannakiddriley on Twitter or on Linkedin. Read her full bio here.