Are you a great team leader? We all like to think we are, but honestly we could all use a little improvement (sometimes a lot).

We’ve compiled a list of the best qualities from top leaders in business.

Great Communicator

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across your ideas won’t get you anywhere. -Lee Iacocca 

Seeks Self Improvement

Constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself. -Elon Musk

Understands The Value Of Simplicity

Great leaders are almost always simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. -General Colin Powell

Is Always Prepared

Strategy is not the consequence of planning, but the opposite: it’s starting point. -Henry Mintzberg Chief Strategy Officer at OppenheimerFunds

Listens To Others

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. -Peter Drucker

Shows Confidence

If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will. I hear leaders worrying that if they show too much confidence, others will think them arrogant. The reality is people want to know what you know for sure — and what you don’t. Having the confidence to say “I don’t know” is a powerful skill. -Darcy Eikenberg, Red Cape Revolution


I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. -Marissa Mayer

Isn’t Overly Critical

I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
-Charles Schwab

Make Team Members Feel Safe

It’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility. -Simon Sinek

Stay Positive

In order to achieve greatness, you must create a culture of optimism. There will be many ups and downs, but the prevalence of positivity will keep the company going. But be warned: This requires fearlessness. You have to truly believe in making the impossible possible. – Jason Harris, CEO, Mekanism

Lead By Example

I’m the kind of person that when I saw a lack of African Americans in the apparel business, that was something I set out to do, and I lead by example. -Daymond John 

Admit When You’re Wrong

It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one’s heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize. -Stephen Covey


0-5 Maybe reconsider a position change

6-7 You’re doing good but you could definitely use some improvement.

8-9 Outstanding! Your team must love you!

10 Congratulations you’re in contention for Boss of the year!

Action Steps!

  • Assess your strengths. What are you already doing well
  • Be honest about your weak points
  • Look for opportunities to exercise new traits you haven’t used before.