10 Remarkable Qualities Of A Truly Proactive Leader

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This is a guest post by Skornia Alison who is a specialist in the realm of corporate consulting, Skornia Alison helps emerging managers, leaders and entrepreneurs with finding a less rough path of individuals to strive and thrive in their endeavors. When not working, she works as a volunteer consultant for a service that offers clients online essay writing help.


What defines a proactive leader? Before you even start to think for an answer; no, they are not born that way. They are normal human beings that have the capability to mould themselves in to a shape of an extra-ordinary leader. Take a look at the following 10 traits that define a proactive leader:

1. Inspirational

Leaders are an inspiration to their colleagues. They are the kind of people others look up to for motivation, as they are hard-working, enthusiastic and communicate well with their employees. These people usually have a devoted staff as compared to a lazy leader.

2. Future Thinker

They always think of the long term effects their plan will have instead of the immediate effects. You should be able to look at the yearly outcome of whichever proposal you decide to place in front of your company.

3. Possess Problem Solving Skills

They have amazing problem solving skills. They are able to tactfully handle any problem thrown at them without losing their edge and having a panic attack. Leaders who plan ahead are usually able to handle a problem even before it surfaces.

4. Listener And Communicator

Employees need to know that they matter to the organization they are serving. A good leader takes the time out to sit with his employees and talk to them. They remain concerned about what they need and how they think that the organization can be made better. They are always eager to listen whether or not the employees are happy working for him.

5. Calm Thinker

The moment you start losing your calm is the moment you start making the wrong decisions. These decisions are usually hasty and because you are tensed, you are unable to evaluate their long term effects. “Trial by fire” scenarios are a good way to develop this habit.

6. A Good Team Player

A leader is not perfect and knows that they are people better than him. By working in a team, a person is able to utilize the qualities of many individuals. Knowing other person’s strengths and weaknesses also makes it easier for a leader to know the person to call upon when trouble strikes.

7. Learns From Criticism

Leaders are always looking for ways to improve themselves, so they take it upon themselves to ponder over any criticism they receive. Instead of getting defensive, they evaluate the situation and try to do better in the future so they can satisfy others.

8. Organized

An organized day is a successful day. A leader knows how to plan out his entire work load as even a single delayed appointment could be catastrophic for the company. They might keep a day planner or use software, either way they are extremely organized.

9. Loyal And Compassionate

Employees work better when they respect their leader instead of fearing their leader. Respect can be earned if a leader is willing to stand up for his employees and help and support them when needed. A leader is also empathic towards an employee’s hardships.

10. Follows Respectable Advises

Sometimes even great people need advice. Leaders are not computers who have everything stored in their disk drive, and it is ok to ask others for help when they know they can’t complete a specific task or solve a problem on their own. This also helps a leader learn and gain more knowledge than before.

It is not easy being a leader but it is not impossible being one too. Being a leader requires hard work and determination, so respect them as they are trying just as hard as you to make the company a better place for you.

Question: Can you add to the list? What are some other qualities of a truly proactive leader?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • A proactive leader also knows that assigning a task to an employee just so the task gets done is just part of the goal. A proactive leader will assign tasks that will help the employee grow.

    • Great additions Jon! Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  • Great list Dan!

  • Clearly and quickly able to articulate who their core team is that they are investing everything they have into…..you buy it D???? PS May be in SD in a couple weeks!!!

  • I love lists like this.