Seven Attributes of a Successful Leader

Patrick Avery

As Millennials continue to make their way into the work force, they are exceeding and stepping up into leadership roles.


Lisa Orrell, a generation relations expert, previously wrote about this breed of professionals in the book "Millennials Incorporated," which educated businesses about effective recruitment and management of these workers. Orrell's new book, "Millennials into Leadership: The Ultimate Guide for Gen Y's Aspiring to Be Effective, Respected Young Leaders at Work," speaks directly to Milliennials and provides them with guidance for transitioning into leadership roles.


What separates a leader from being a basic manager? Orrell points to "7 Ironclad Attributes of an Exceptional Leader" as characteristics needed for success as a manager in today's businesses. They are:

  1. Sets High Standards.
  2. Lives Up to Those Standards.
  3. Mentors Those Who Follow.
  4. Creates and Shares a Vision.
  5. Makes the Hard Choices When Necessary.
  6. Is Visible.
  7. Instills Hope in Those Who Follow.

For more on these attributes, take a look at an excerpt from "Millennials into Leadership" in the Knowledge Network.

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