officeLeaders have so much on their plates. They have to juggle all sorts of things that outsiders may not realize. Examples might be budgets, project development, marketing, company websites and frankly just keeping everything running smoothly. It makes it easier to understand then why some times employees might feel a bit neglected. That’s why it’s important to make individuals in the team or group priorities. After all without these individuals being on their best game, the overall team wavers. Below is a list of habits that exceptional leaders follow.

1. Create a Fun Atmosphere: The majority of people who work spend nearly a third of their lives at work and depending on the type of work, some can spend even more than that. This is why it’s so important to make your team feel good when they start their workday. A positive, upbeat atmosphere sets the tone and thus increases both productivity and profit.

2. Taking an Active Role: While leading definitely encompasses direction, monitoring, and discipline. Leaders with the best results know how to train and support their teams through interaction.

3. Speak Well of Others and Walk in Integrity: Good Leaders always speak well of others. They know the importance of edification and praise. They do not talk negative of anyone. Hands down the greatest leaders around have learned this habit of walking their talk. They know how to set a good example of how their team should play. They follow through with their word. If they offer a bonus they are good for it. The bonus they offer is the one they carry out. If they set up a time to meet with someone, they show up on time.

Of course unexpected things happen that oftentimes are out of our control. Exceptional leaders know how to roll with the punches. They have their team to support them because they have taught them how to be supportive. Lead by example, Live in Integrity

14 thoughts on “3 Habits of Exceptional Leaders”

  1. This is FANTASTIC article! I worked in retail for years and nearly became suicidal from the horrible atmosphere and management. I
    want to send this article to those horrible x bosses of mine! They could learn a thing or two from it for sure.

    1. Thank You Darcy!
      I know the retail realm can be a very difficult spot to be. Most retail venues are run by managers not leaders. That is a whole different blogpost. (Thanks for the idea). I’ll have to touch on that one soon. My point is with good leaders vs managers the whole atmosphere changes for the better. The sooner businesses recognize this… the better the team will function. Thanks so much for your visit and I’m so sorry you had to deal with horrible bosses. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and hope to see you here often. 🙂
      Cary

    1. Hey Grace,
      Thanks for the visit. I’m glad you got value from this particular article. The suggestions are very easy to incorporate but oftentimes overlooked. I have no doubt you are already a good leader. Have a blessed day and please visit often. 🙂
      Cary

  2. I love reading things like this. Motivates me to continue to be better and always striving for success. I agree, these are qualities necessary to lead and I will continue to adapt in order to better myself for those around me. Great article!

    1. Ralph,
      Thanks so much for visiting 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the leadership post! Please feel free to contribute anytime. Enjoy your week.
      Cary

  3. I sometimes feel very depressed and I can’t control how I walk or behave and I really want to be a good leader for people around me. What do you suggest me to do when I have depression?

    1. I’m sorry your struggle gets so hard at times. Just know that we all have days that feel unbearable at times. I see you are into boxing? This is a great outlet for when you feel this way. Anything to get you vertical is always the first step. I can see how punching something could be great therapy. Other things that would be beneficial would be to listen to podcasts or music that is encouraging, motivating, inspirational. I have friends who struggle with depression this bad as well. Sometimes it’s too difficult to even open a book… This is why I suggest audio. If you feel you can’t shake it off, this option is great. Surround yourself with people who uplift and support what you do and who you are. If you have faith in God, read his promises and let them sink in. Speak them over yourself and begin to believe them. Isaiah 41:1 (New Living Translation)is a good one to reference when feeling down trodden…. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Another favorite of mine is Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Just seek out good, fun company and think of all the blessings you have to be thankful for. It’s hard to be sad when you’re surrounded by good people. Thanks again for visiting and keep up the boxing, always remember to take care of the whole you. (body, mind and spirit).
      Cary

  4. I love tip #1 but sometimes I find it hard to be social and playful when I have a lot on my plate. Know any tricks to ignore the stress of life when it piles high?

    1. Dan,
      Thanks so much for visiting. I so get what you’re talking about. I find a few things beneficial.
      1. Surrounding myself with people who inspire me not weigh me down
      2. Listen to motivational audio or Read Inspirational Books (Audio is easier for me) I can multitask then.
      3. Take a break (be it even 10-20 mn) to just reflect on all the good in life.
      Just a few short ideas but hope you find them helpful. Healthy diet, Exercise and Essential Oils are great too. These are more maintenance type suggestions but great for long-term results. 🙂
      Cary

  5. This is good advice for any leader. I have worked in many sectors, and for many types of leaders, and the best ones – the most successful ones – follow suit with your advice. I sometimes get caught up in the mix of things, especially when there is trouble, or an unexpected problem. It is nice to be reminded of these very important points.

    Thank you,

    1. Paul,
      Thanks so much for stopping by. We all get stuck a bit when things go off course. The best thing is to just shake it off and begin again. Hope you enjoy your day and be sure and come visit again.
      Cary

  6. Hi Cary,

    Some really interesting thoughts and pointers on habits of exceptional leaders.

    When it comes to the work place I couldn’t agree more that you get the most out of people when they are happy to be in work.

    The other thing I need to bare in mind for myself is getting involved in the activities my teams do and not just directing from a distance.

    Are there any exceptional leaders that you could recommend studying to pick up other habits?

    1. Nate,
      Thanks so much for stoppin by. That is the precise difference between managers and leaders. Managers dictate or give orders. Leaders on the other hand direct and well… lead. One of my absolute favorite writers on leadership is John C. Maxwell. He does such a good job and his books are short, sweet and to the point. Let me suggest a couple I love…. Leadership 101 What Every Leader Needs to Know and How Successful People Lead: Taking Your Influence to the Next Level. Check em out. I’m sure they’ll become a couple of your favorites as well. Hope to see you around here soon again. Have a nice night.
      Cary

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