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Whether you work in critical access hospitals to large integrated health systems, outside the healthcare industry or within, the difference between success and failure across the board stems from one word: leadership. Without the presence of a strong leader, you’re bound to find demotivated staff, undeliverable goals, and very disappointed stakeholders. Those in charge set the stage for success. So, what qualities do most leaders have in common?

1. KEEP YOUR PROMISES

Do what you say. Integrity goes a long way and a true leader practices what they preach. When you lead with integrity and follow through on promises with tangible delivery, you’ll see that others are inspired to follow in your footsteps.

2. GIVE CREDIT AND TAKE BLAME

If you’re an impactful leader, you should have the emotional maturity to take accountability when things go wrong. On the same note, when a leader achieves success, they should give credit of the accomplishment to the team. When colleagues receive credit and proper recognition, it inspires workers to continue raising the bar and producing sustainable results.

3. BE THE LEADER YOU'D LOOK UP TO

Accomplished leaders don’t ask their teams for anything they are not willing to do themselves. By its very definition, to lead means to show the way—to go first. Team members will be inclined to follow your lead if you present them your total commitment, resilience and optimism in the face of challenges or adversity. Everything executives do should stem from the core values of the organization, and developing an understanding of what you’re asking others to do is part of leadership.

4. BE PASSIONATE AND CONFIDENT

No matter what’s going on in the background, impactful leaders remain confident and passionate about what they do. This serves not only as a positive example to your employees, but a constant assurance for your team. If a leader is full of self-doubt, you chance your entire team’s confidence eroding. Successful leaders are passionate about their mission, confident in the face of adversity, and stay level headed.

5. USE ACCOUNTABILITY TO ENCOURAGE RESPONSIBILITY

To be accountable, one has the obligation to report, explain, or justify something. Elements of accountability in the business word are to ensure roles are understood, expectations are spelled out, and success is clearly defined and measured. This doesn’t mean you need to micromanage, but it does mean that you should hold your team accountable for their performance when they have authority to complete the task and a clear sense of how success is measured.

No matter the type of organization or industry you’re in, success and failure rely on the quality of leaders present. Make a point of practicing these five traits, and you can learn to be a more effective leader inspiring your teams to perform.