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8 Traits That Will Make People Trust You As A Leader

What exactly makes a great leader, great? Scientifically, people will listen and follow someone who portrays specific traits; and if it is your goal to become a better leader or begin your journey of leading, pay close attention to the qualities below to see where you could improve:

1. Focus

“It’s been said that leadership is making important but unpopular decisions. That’s certainly a partial truth, but I think it underscores the importance of focus. To be a good leader, you cannot major in minor things, and you must be less distracted than your competition. To get the few critical things done, you must develop incredible selective ignorance. Otherwise, the trivial will drown you.”

—Tim Ferriss, bestselling author, host of The Tim Ferriss Show 

2. Confidence

“A leader instills confidence and ‘followership’ by having a clear vision, showing empathy and being a strong coach. As a female leader, to be recognized I feel I have to show up with swagger and assertiveness, yet always try to maintain my Southern upbringing, which underscores kindness and generosity. The two work well together in gaining respect.”

—Barri Rafferty, CEO, Ketchum North America

3. Transparency

“I’ve never bought into the concept of ‘wearing the mask.’ As a leader, the only way I know how to engender trust and buy-in from my team and with my colleagues is to be 100 percent authentically me—open, sometimes flawed, but always passionate about our work. It has allowed me the freedom to be fully present and consistent. They know what they’re getting at all times. No surprises.”

—Keri Potts, senior director of public relations, ESPN

4. Integrity

“Our employees are a direct reflection of the values we embody as leaders. If we’re playing from a reactive and obsolete playbook of needing to be right instead of doing what’s right, then we limit the full potential of our business and lose quality talent. If you focus on becoming authentic in all your interactions, that will rub off on your business and your culture, and the rest takes care of itself.”

—Gunnar Lovelace, co-CEO and cofounder, Thrive Market

5. Inspiration

“People always say I’m a self-made man. But there is no such thing. Leaders aren’t self-made; they are driven. I arrived in America with no money or any belongings besides my gym bag, but I can’t say I came with nothing: Others gave me great inspiration and fantastic advice, and I was fueled by my beliefs and an internal drive and passion. That’s why I’m always willing to  offer motivation—to friends or strangers on Reddit. I know the power of inspiration, and if someone can stand on my shoulders to achieve greatness, I’m more than willing to help them up.”

—Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California

6. Passion

“You must love what you do. In order to be truly successful at something, you must obsess over it and let it consume you. No matter how successful your business might become, you are never satisfied and constantly push to do something bigger, better and greater. You lead by example not because you feel like it’s what you should do, but because it is your way of life.”

—Joe Perez, cofounder, Tastemade

7. Innovation

“In any system with finite resources and infinite expansion of population—like your business, or like all of humanity—innovation is essential for not only success  but also survival. The innovators are our leaders. You cannot separate the two. Whether it is by thought, technology or organization, innovation is our only hope to solve our challenges.”

—Aubrey Marcus, founder, Onnit

8. Patience

“Patience is really courage that’s meant to test your commitment to your cause. The path to great things is always tough, but the best leaders understand when to abandon the cause and when to stay the course. If your vision is bold enough, there will be hundreds of reasons why it ‘can’t be done’ and plenty of doubters. A lot of things have to come together—external markets, competition, financing, consumer demand and always a little luck—to pull off something big.”

—Dan Brian, COO, WhipClip



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Top Career Tips From Women on Top

It’s a dog eat dog world out there for us women in the corporate world or even as entrepreneurs! If you are striving to climb to the top at your company or start your own company from scratch, these women who are all top CEO’s and Founders have some important advice for us girls trying to run the world!


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“Don’t be afraid to negotiate—whether it’s negotiating work hours, pay, your title, or the exact responsibilities. I’ve noticed that women have a harder time negotiating when they get a job offer, compared to men, and I would highly recommend negotiating to get what you want. At the very worst, you get a ‘No,’ but you at least tried!”—Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder and CEO of Lumoid


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“When you’re trying to decide whether a job or career is right for you, ask yourself ‘would I want my boss’s job?’ If the answer is no, take a hard look at the path you’re on.”—Tal Winter and Kate Cutler, Founders ofbkr


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“Your life is a balancing act, so it’s important to first figure out what’s most important to you, and then make sure to devote time to it. I encourage everyone to set a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG for short) and take baby steps to accomplish it. I certainly don’t wake up every morning and think about how I’m going to revolutionize everyday work—that’s just too lofty—but I do identify small, actionable steps that can be accomplished every day. I know that by making progress against those smaller, more attainable goals, TaskRabbit will reach our BHAG.”—Leah Busque, Founder and CEO of TaskRabbit


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“As a new CEO and a new mom, there is a lot to feel guilty about. Am I giving enough to my son? My husband? Or my job at So I’ve decided to banish guilt. It’s completely counter-productive. Be present with however you decide to spend your time and that will always be the best answer.”—Aria Finger, CEO


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