Characteristics of Good Leaders

Whatever the title your seeking whether it’s a CEO, boss, employer, or business owner, the below list are just a few recommendations and qualities that are usually noticed by employees or peers.  They are characteristics of good leaders and good employers. We are always meeting employers, bosses, CEO's, or other types of leadership, but sometimes one person stands out from the rest. Not just because they may be more successful, but their qualities shine through and it creates a "presence" they possess,  it's respected and inspires the people around them.

Although, there are many characteristics of leaders that fall in this category, below are just some of them that tend to stand out especially when employees or subordinates are concerned.
Give Credit, Don’t Take it
Give people the credit they deserve. Don’t react as if they “need” to do that for you or they “should” do it, so you feel you don’t need to give them credit. If they did the job, give them the credit they deserve it. Always recognize where credit is due.
Stop, look and listen.
This is an admiral and very important characteristic of a good leader. It is to think, consider, ponder, observe, probe and listen. Stop and observe. Good leaders will stop before saying anything wrong. They stop before making a snap decision and they watch and listen some more. They feel the need to think things through. Some of our greatest leaders including presidents carry this trait.
Be polite with everyone
Always use good manners and don’t pull rank. Be gracious and never wear your boss’s stripes. Don’t smoke in your employee’s car or office, smoke at meeting, and use harsh language. Don’t do things because you can, or know you can get away with. You usually can get a way with it, but it will not go un-noticed.
Don’t be hasty
One business myth is, it’s admirable to be a quick-to-decide employer who makes one quick decision after another. Decisions shouldn’t be made for speeds sake. Knowing the difference when to step back and think a decision thru or make a fast decision is a hallmark of a good employer.

Always return phone calls
This is a big complaint and a let down. If you say you will call someone back, then call them back. Don't say it because you want to get off the the phone. That makes it worse. If you have no intention to call them back, then be honest about it in a polite way and don't let them wait around for your call. If you say your going to call them in a certain time frame, then do so. If you can't, then call them to reschedule the call or tell them you just can't talk right now but you will call them when you get a chance. In this time of age you can email or text if you just can't pick up the phone. 
Never write a mean email or memo
Never write a mean email or memo that criticizes, belittles or is hurtful to an employee or colleague. Don’t send a memo or email written in anger or frustration. Always use tact.
Arrive early and leave late
This is a good characteristic for employees as well, but it’s expected as a boss. If you are going to be the first in your corporation or business, then be the first on the job. This shows you like your job, are focused and responsible. Employers that are often late and leave early can be interpreted as being lazy or irresponsible. Plus, this inspires employees to do the same.
Don’t talk about people
It’s never good to talk about employees, subordinates or peers. Don’t say anything negative about another or indulge in gossip in any way. Also stay clear from “office politics”, usually it’s over jealousy, job promotion, competition, recognition, etc. Whatever the reason, don’t get involved. Rampant politics are a sign of a weak leader. Instead of involving yourself with any politics, spend your time creating and accomplishing. And never talk about another employee or colleague.
Always look sharp and be sharp
When you are a CEO or a boss, people notice you and pay attention to everything you do including how you dress. Keep an attractive appearance. Dress professional and act professional. 
Know everybody by their first name
Most people like to hear their name remembered and pronounced correctly. It’s good to learn everyone’s full name, and know something about them. If you learn that and learn that sincerely, and the people know you know it, they will be appreciative. They will be flattered that you have invested the energy to recognize and value who they are. This sounds small but it has big effects.
Always remember your subordinates’ spouses
It holds true here as the above. Most businesses often forget about the Spouse. Don’t forget about your people’s families. Plus, this will grab the attention of the spouse in a good way. It’s always impressive to go out of your way to learn a little more about someone.
Treat all people special
People are individuals. They are fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, etc. They can do a lot of work if it is appreciated and they can do more if they are motivated and thanked.
Good employers make people feel that they:
are asked, not questioned
are people, not personnel,
are overpaid, not underpaid
are measured, not monitored
are sold on what to do, not told
are needed, not useless
10 things to say that make employees feel good.
People who feel good about themselves and their jobs will contribute at high levels. Saying nice things to people makes them feel good.  You can use your own words, these are just examples.
1.    “Please”
2.   “Thank You”
3.   “I appreciate your effort”
4.    “I hear nothing but good news about you”
5.    “I’m glad your on the team”
6.   “I need your help”
7.    “You certainly earned and deserved this”
8.   “Congratulations”
9.   “That was a great job you did”
10.  “Thanks for getting right on that”