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Teddy Roosevelt once said, “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” We’ve all heard it before; you should always aim to be a leader, not a boss—but how to be one? According to Fortune, not liking a boss or manager is one of the top three reasons why employees quit their jobs, which is why it’s important that anyone in a management position learns how to be a great leader. The following list will provide you with insight on the top traits of a leader.

  1. Recognition

A great leader is able to recognize the effort and contribution of each employee in the company. The best methods to approach recognition is to doing it in the moment, in context, with the appropriate volume and sincerity. In addition, it’s important to reassure the employees’ perception of their own value within the organization by using rewards as methods of recognition. That’s where Callard’s promotional marketing items become important; they are a great way to show appreciation for your team. Some of our clients even create an online portal for incentive or recognition programs using points or gift codes.

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  1. Passion

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Great leaders need to not only be passionate about what they do, but they also need to inspire others to be enthusiastic about their own careers and achieve greater things. Doing so will not only help them become better employees but it will also inspire them to reach higher expectations.

  1. Vision

One of the main traits a leader should have is vision; and with it, the ability to effectively share this dream with their employees. Providing a clear vision is crucial for the team to understand values, culture, beliefs, and direction of the company.

  1. Honesty

A great leader knows that honesty and outstanding communication skills are vital to establishing an authentic work-relationship with their team, as well as promoting a positive, open-door culture.

  1. Approachability

Being personable can open many doors and is considered to be a great leadership strength. Approachability helps employees feel more comfortable about communicating with their leaders, which in turn allows leaders to stay in-the-loop of anything that is going on with the team and within the company.

The best leaders care for everyone and everything around them. Show your team what you’re made of by being a honest, approachable, passionate and envisioned leader, as well as recognizing achievements and contribution. For our selection of custom promotional items, visit the Callard store.

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