Five Things Successful Leaders Always Do 

by | Apr 2, 2024 | Leadership

There are a multitude of examples of great and successful leaders that we can pull inspiration from. These are the ones who have led by example, selflessly putting the needs of others first, and leaving a well-charted path for others to follow. 

However, we may be able to learn more about being great leaders by looking at examples of those we do not want to emulate. Unfortunately, there are many cases we can examine in this instance as well. 

Looking for the difference between good and bad leadership? Here are five things that you’ll always find the best leaders doing. 

They’re Always Learning. 

The best leaders know that you can never really know it all. There is always something new to discover. 

Humans naturally feel more inclined to follow someone who’s done their homework. This means people will gravitate toward you as a leader if they believe you’ve built some sort of credibility.  

Being a continuous learner will ensure you are able to maintain your reputation among those who look up to you. Read this blog post for more on the importance of continuous learning

On a personal level, having a student mentality will help you instill confidence in yourself and enable you to adapt to changes quickly—both of which are important qualities in leadership. 

They Always Treat Their Teammates as Equals. 

Successful leaders work with their team members—meaning they’re next to them, doing the work, leading by example every single day. 

Get rid of the idea of dictating what people do with no care for the work that goes into it. Instead, focus on adopting a mentorship mindset. Be open to sharing your guidance and expertise in any capacity you can to ensure the whole team wins.  

As a result, you’ll be left with motivated team members who love what they do and are eager to do more of it. 

They’re Always Open to Feedback. 

One of the most important things a leader can do is be open to feedback. In fact, they should strongly encourage it. 

This is one of the best ways to keep yourself in check. Having the people who are directly impacted by your leadership tell you how you’re doing is the only way you’ll grow. 

If you find that you’re receiving negative feedback, it’s important not to get defensive. Instead, take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and think about what you can do to improve. 

Can you be more involved in day-to-day activities? Can you be more attentive to the needs of your team? These are important questions to ask yourself to improve your professional development regularly, but especially after receiving negative feedback. 

They’re Always Aware That Mistakes Will Happen. 

You’re going to make mistakes. Your team members are going to make mistakes. We’re all human and that’s just the way it goes.  

Rather than getting upset or angry when things don’t go according to plan, try to use mistakes as a teaching moment. Whether that moment is for yourself or for someone else, taking the time to stop and reflect on what went wrong is a great way to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future. 

They Always Show Gratitude. 

It’s always nice to hear that you’re doing a good job—and that’s exactly what your team members are looking for from you. 

Never be afraid to go out of your way to tell someone you appreciate them, or that you’re happy with the work they’re producing. While it may seem like an insignificant moment in your day, it could be the motivation that a person needs to continue. 

Being a Successful Leaders Isn’t a Formula 

There is no secret formula for being a perfect leader. In fact, an absolutely perfect leader does not exist—we’re all bound to make mistakes. That’s just a part of the role. 

However, we can still take the time to analyze the leadership styles of others and decide which qualities we want to mirror, and which we don’t.  

Being or growing into a successful leader has so much to do with mindset. Head to our blog to find out more about why mindset matters in entrepreneurship and in life