What Makes a Good Leader?

Leadership is the backbone of an organisation. Even if you possess talented employees and ample resources, without good leadership, a company cannot achieve success.

The key element of leadership is that it does not come naturally to everyone but it can be learnt. 

Here are some of the skills to build on to accomplish effective leadership:

Lead by example

Role models are influential. If you lead with a positive example, be it your business approach, social skills or demeanour; you will influence your team to do the same. If you want a professional workforce, be professional yourself.

Build your skills

Being a good leader is not the same as gaining a qualification; once you ascertain it, you have achieved it. Leadership skills need constant development depending on the changing structure of your company, your employees and the economic climate. So do not be overly confident or resistant to change.


This is arguably one of the key elements of a good leader; making the right decision at the right time. Solving problems and managing your team in a timely and efficient manner will ensure you make the most out of situations. Procrastinating or lacking confidence in your decision makes you weaker as a manager. If your team notice this weakness, you will lose their faith and credibility.

Be responsible

Being a leader can be like a rollercoaster ride: there are highs and lows. Your team will turn to you for guidance and instruction. However, whatever the outcome, you are ultimately responsible. Be it positive or negative, show willingness to embrace this responsibility. Identifying faults and working out how to avoid them in future is more responsible than acting ignorant or passing the buck.


I have come across team leaders and senior management who have a skilled business eye but lack people skills. They fail to recognise the importance of rewarding success and efforts, and how much of a motivation this could have on employees. By acknowledging and celebrating your team’s achievements, you are reinforcing a positive work environment and boosting confidence, which can benefit an organisation tremendously.

Relinquish control

Quite often leaders find it difficult to delegate. Have confidence in your team and let them manage tasks. A good leader does not manage every little detail or bother with day-to-day running of business. They lead and manage their team well, which involves delegation.

To build on these skills and other essential development for leaders, find out about our Leader as Coach Programme, 1-2-1 Senior Executive Coaching or tailored Coaching for CEOs.

Kind regards

Laura Ashley-Timms - Chief Operating Officer