The Habits of Highly Effective Leaders (infographic)

We often fail to address what it means to be a leader within the workplace. This entails the behaviors that come along with the title. Leaders should be equally accountable for their responsibilities as team members are as they are in a position to guide their team to the highest foreseeable path. Saying this, the habits of highly effective leaders fizzles down to personality traits and genuine interest in success.

To no shock, 94% of employees who consider themselves to have a great boss love their job. On the other hand, that’s nearly 2x as many as those who say they work for a bad boss.

Poor leadership can cause a plethora of issues. In fact, how team members rate their employers accounts for 14% of their engagement at work. Thus and such, bad leadership drives employees further away from work involvement and passion. When surveyed, 7 out of 10 team members consider their manager to be ‘good’ or ‘great.’ However, it’s worth mentioning that nearly 2 in 3 people have resigned, or plan to, due to dissatisfaction with their boss.

There are an overwhelming amount of employees who consider their employment temporary due to bad managers. To put this into perspective, 77% of employees who plan to quit their job within the next year say its due to bad management. The remaining 18% say they are happy with management but are simply seeking new opportunities.

So, the million dollar question is: what makes a boss good or bad? Team members consider a great manager as a leader: someone who prioritizes communication, is respectful, honest, trustworthy, and supportive. On the other hand, team members describe bad managers as self-absorbed: someone who is selfish, lazy, rude, arrogant, and untrustworthy.


“Management” is a foundational skill to becoming an effective leader, but leadership requires its own set of skills. Saying this, it is important for employers to prioritize their focus on being a leader, not a manager. There are several methods to incorporate this into your style of leadership. For example, setting a clear purpose and vision for the future is a great starting point in leading others effectively. Passion is ultimately contagious as enthusiasm aids in selling your vision. Emphasizing the importance of everyone’s role in creating a final product can translate into motivation. Keeping yourself accountable is an important aspect of being a leader as you are expected to work harder than your colleagues. This also comes with holding yourself to a higher standard than those around you.

Additionally, staying committed to your goals overtime is important; however, be sure to maintain flexibility along the way as a plan is never bulletproof. Having a sustainable outlook along the way can be extremely helpful as trying to chase after quick wins can be equated to playing with fire. Lastly, the ability to have dual focus is extremely important in guiding a team to success as a leader. Thinking about the big picture is always important, but focusing on the tid-bits along the way is what gets you there. Strategizing can lead your team to success!

When employees were asked their preference in higher wages or a better boss, majority chose having a better boss - 58%, in fact. It is the job of the employer to emphasize and encourage their employers to do better, but to create an environment for employees to work at their skill to their fullest potential. There are endless ways to become a better boss - through team and relationship building, employee empowerment, and more. Read more below to gain insight on the habits of highly effective leaders.

The Habits of Highly Effective Leaders (infographic)


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