Qualities that can make you a successful leader

24 May 2019

You got the skills and experience, but to be a company leader, but what else do you need?

We look at some common qualities and competencies you can find in today's top leaders.


A good leader is not just someone who has the authority to make key decisions. They take on the risk of decision-making and hold themselves accountable for the consequences.

To be a good leader, employees need to trust that their leaders are good decision makers and being decisive can gain their confidence.

Managerial competency

A leader needs to have a strong understanding of the company's goals, processes, products and procedures.

Having a macro view of the business units can help them to inspire, motivate, and direct the plans and strategies of the company.


Call it stubbornness or passion; this is a trait that many leaders have to achieve their goals and objectives.

In 2006, Yahoo made the US$1 billion offer to then two-year-old Facebook.

Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg turned down the offer as they had not achieved their goal of what they wanted Facebook to be.

Today, Zuckerberg has a net worth of US$68.9 billion in 2018, according to Fortune magazine.


AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes cites drive as one of the top qualities he looks for in his team. In an interview with Business Insider, he said that he looks for people who want to prove themselves.

Not everybody has the opportunity to go to the top schools, but with the drive and desire to prove themselves, you can get to senior positions, he said.


The best leaders are eloquent, approachable and friendly. They also show empathy and sincerity to their employees.

With a charismatic personality, a leader can win the trust of his employees and get them to perform for the company.


A great leader cares and an example of such is in Bill Gates' company policies for Microsoft.

The billionaire makes sure his employees have great benefits including health, work-life balance, retirement, education, family support and more.

These thoughtful perks build loyalty to his employees and promote a good brand for his company as a reputable employer.

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