The 4 Most Underrated Leadership Skills

We know it can be frustrating to be in a leadership role. It's not for everyone. One thing you should understand is that leadership is not something you can just do. All of the natural talent in the world is great but if you don't take the time to learn new skills and hone what you already have, that talent will be wasted.

If you don't have a natural talent, you're going to be ok. You just need to work a little harder. From quarterback to management level employee, leadership qualities are a constant.

Keep reading for 4 leadership qualities that aren't talked about nearly enough.

1. Empathy

You do not know the lives of everyone you work or play with. Yet a quality leader knows how to practice empathy. You can't truly judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes.

And this judgement should be for the purpose of elevating them and their performance, not for shooting them down. That's what bullies do and above all else, a great leader is never a bully. Great leaders place their team members first, making sure everyone gets to the finish line, not just the best or the fastest.

2. Self-Reflection

At the end of the day, if your team fails, it's your fault. Either you weren't asking the right questions or your expectations were too high. Instead of throwing blame around to either yourself or the people on your team, take some time to reflect on what went wrong, why it went wrong, and what you can do to keep it from happening again.

Once you've mastered this skill, you need to learn how to apply the lesson and move forward with it in mind.

As an example, if your sales numbers are down because you teamed your two weakest employees together and your two strongest together, switch it up. Pair the strongest with the weakest. This will give the weaker member the opportunity to learn from the stronger team member and help to elevate their sales game. On the flip side, the stronger member will have to learn how to be patient and explore different ways to roll with the punches, as they probably aren't used to working with weaker team members.

3. Passion and Positivity

Working with a smile on your face isn't always easy when it's crunch time. Let others know you're loving every second of what you do without uttering a word. Smiling, positivity, and remaining calm and collected under pressure will do more for you and your team than you realize.

A smile is one of the most powerful tools in a person's arsenal. It's one of many natural de-stressors for the human body and it's just as contagious as the common cold.

4. Willingness to Learn

Knowledge is power. When other people are satisfied with what they know, you'll continue to push forward. This is why you're the leader of the group and they aren't.

Stay on top of your game. Attend conferences, live a healthy lifestyle, expand your personal and professional network, and take courses and classes in your downtime. Read often and stay away from mind-numbing entertainment as much as you can.

Keeping yourself busy will naturally provide you with other qualities like excellent time management skills. You'll also learn how to keep a to-do list and how to prioritize and delegate tasks.


To be a great leader, you have to want to be a great leader.

You need to be proactive, listen to your gut, and respect the opinions of others. Know when to bend, but don't let yourself be broken and stand up for your team and don't be scared to suffer the consequences of being wrong. We all make mistakes.

We wanted to mention these 4 skills as you aren't going to hear about them as much as other essential leadership qualities. They can make a huge impact on your versatility as a leader.

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