These are just a few of the characteristics that make successful business leaders.

These are just a few of the characteristics that make successful business leaders.

Here are some more essential traits of business leaders who are truly effective:

High Aspirations

High aspirations are a hallmark of all successful business leaders. Although they may not have the same as their founders, they continue to grow and learn as they travel around the world and experience the challenges that arise.

They may not be sure how or why they should, but they do know they are worthy. So they keep the dream alive, the vision alive, and their focus on them.

These leaders don’t think small. They think big. But that doesn’t mean they don’t recognize the need for and plan for the little things (the things others don’t see as important enough). And they do them consistently and with excellence.

A consistent, focused effort will get them there. However, it’s their high hopes, worthy ideals and the things that they are willing to do their best to make their lives better that provide the starting point, the focus and the motivation.

Personality for People

To be a great business leader, you must be a people person. Leaders who enjoy people, care about people, and are able to establish relationships with everyone, at any level and in any situation, will always be successful.

They are those people gravitate to, the ones they talk to; they are the ones they follow because they feel respected as individuals.

You can tell how you feel about others by your actions and conversations. People will pick up on these feelings and respond accordingly. You’re more likely to believe in yourself and others, which can make you a motivator for individuals and teams.


Business leaders who have been successful incorporate review and evaluation early on. They plan to continuously assess how things are progressing during and after any change or development.

They also determine the criteria for success, such as the evidence or the changes that must be made. Base line information is also determined. They also establish figures and evidence that shows what was happening before the beginning, so that an evaluation can be valid.

To ensure that plans are checked and corrective actions can be taken quickly, Milestones/progress reviews/meetings have been planned. This ensures that planning and evaluation are constantly informed and supported by reviews.

These leaders realize that it is important to collect both qualitative and quantitative information at predetermined times after an event as well as during the event. This will allow for real evaluation.

This is how successful business leaders do it for themselves and their company. They also share this knowledge with their people and encourage them to do the same.

Julie Johnson, Author, Speaker, and Leading Success Coach, teaches David Barrick women from all walks of life how to be happy and successful in business and in their personal lives.