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7 Qualities of Successful Leaders

April 6, 2018

A leader impacts an organization and his or her team by setting direction, inspiring others, developing staff, driving performance, and much more. This huge span of influence can determine the health of a company, so leader failure can have a detrimental impact. According to HBR.org, over 50% of employees quit their jobs because of their managers, 30%-60% of leaders act destructively, and each failed leader can cost organizations $1-$2.7 million. 

The financial burden (consider the costs of selection, recruitment, onboarding, and training), in addition to the disruption of employee morale and public perceptions of the organization, is the reason organizations should ensure proper leader selection and development. This infographic outlines seven qualities, like emotional intelligence, learning agility, and influence, that leaders should have to be successful in their roles. 

7 Qualities of Successful Leaders


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Research has shown that the most effective leaders have more competence in emotional intelligence. Check out this whitepaper to find out why EQ is important in the selection and development of your leaders. 

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Paul Glatzhofer Paul Glatzhofer is the VP of Talent Solutions based in the Pittsburgh office of PSI Services LLC. He works primarily with organizations that are implementing global assessment and development systems at the leadership level. Paul’s work includes leadership development, leadership skills training, coaching, leadership and executive selection, turnover and ROI analysis, and ongoing feedback development.