“Absolute No. 1 Leadership Trait in the History of the Universe”

Jan 22 2014 - General, Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley

TLNT, a popular HR blog, recently published the results of its survey on important leadership traits.

In the survey, TLNT posed this question: “What’s the absolute No. 1 leadership trait in the history of the universe?” The responses, based on more than 300 votes:

  • Communication skills (78 percent)
  • Humility (15 percent)
  • Charisma (6 percent)
  • Intelligence (2 percent)
  • Height (1 percent)
  • Smooth Dance Moves (1 percent)

Strong communication skills play a critical role in managing and building relationships among employees. Poor communication may do the most damage to workplace morale, according to a recent survey by Accounttemps: one third of HR managers interviewed said the lack of open, honest communication had the most negative impact on employee morale.

Communication was also tagged by 38 percent of HR managers interviewed as the best remedy to counter low employee morale.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

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