My Habits of being an Effective Leader

Yes, another list of being a highly effective leader. But bear with me, I think I might have something here, and hopefully you will agree.

What makes this list different from others you ask? My response, “me.”

I am sure as a leader you have your own list, and I can’t wait to read it. But for the meantime below are my top 5 habits.

1. Highly effective leaders are accountable – I live by this word. If you want to be effective, you must stop making excuses, and be accountable, and responsible for your sphere of influence. Will there be roadblocks? Yes. Will there be distractions? Yes. Will there people who are not for you? I think you know the answer to that one.

2. Highly effective leaders get results – Along with accountability, results, is the second word I live by. In the end it doesn’t matter how much you know, it’s what can you do with what you know, and can you innovate and get results. Can you imagine if Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs, or better yet, Jesus Christ our Lord and savior knew what had to be done, but didn’t do it? There would be no results. So focus on results and producing you have a lot people depending on you.

3. Highly effective leaders encourage -Everyday I wake up with the Psalm, this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad it in it. Why? Because it encourages me. As a leader one of your primary jobs is to encourage yourself and encourage others, so that you get the best out of yourself and those you lead.

4. Highly effective leaders mentor -As a leader it is your duty to mentor. If you want to leave a legacy, than teach others what you know. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to leave a legacy because you have shared of your knowledge, expertise and skills.

5. Highly effective leaders delegate -Then after you mentor, and have developed well rounded followers, with the potential to become leaders, you need to delegate. Share responsibility so that your followers can exhibit their skills, know-how, and competence. It will also lighten your work-load so that you can focus on visionary work.

What other habits can you add to my list? 

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11 Responses to My Habits of being an Effective Leader

  1. That top 5 is a great way to keep your sanity as a Leader in your walk. I would add set the vision or the tone. So the Leader goes, so does the team. As a Leader you should set the pace of your Organization and everyone else will follow your passion. Great Post Juan.

  2. The point about delegating is what sticks out to me. Maybe that’s just because that’s something I really need to work on.

    • Tom Dixon says:

      I agree – this is an area I need to work on also. I can sometimes find myself bogged down in details that would be better served by my team.

      • Juan Cruz Jr says:

        Tom, when we share the workload with our team members, I really believe they feel valued and challenged. And as you mentioned you wont get bogged down in the details. Thanks for sharing.

    • Juan Cruz Jr says:

      Loren, delegating use to be difficult for me. I didn’t want to seem like I was shirking my duties. But what ended up happening was that I wouldn’t do a good job at one thing or another. Now I delegate based on what my team members strengths are. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great list, Juan. I’m glad the results are up to Him and in being faithful, I can produce what He’s put a vision in me to do and lead. Good stuff.

  4. Dan Black says:

    Great list! The main task of a leader is to produce the desired results, results provide job security for the leader. I’d add that effective leaders keep growing and learning which allows them to be moving toward their potential.

  5. TJ Trent says:


    I have started dedicating two hours on Sunday evening for one on one mentoring with my direct reports. It allows us to sync for the week and time for me to take their pulse, listen, and help them grow.

    Empowerment and delegation are two of the greatest and most powerful tools a leader has in their tool bag.

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