5 ‘C’s Successful Leaders Need

Leading is not easy. I am sure we all agree with that. It is often one of those things that look straightforward if you are on the outside looking in.

For me, success as a leader depends on many factors. In this blog post I have decided to pull out my top qualities or skills under the letter ‘C’.


  • Leading and being a successful leader is a marathon, not a sprint. Yes, there will be times when it seems effortless. At the same time, there will be plenty of obstacles along the way. Commitment levels need to be very high.
  • Communication

  • Some leaders are great at speaking. Others are great at writing cases for funding or business plans. Some are good listeners. The best have all three of these communication skills.
  • Courage

  • It is easy for others to criticise and in truth, no matter what you do, there will always be the critics. Sometimes, as a leader you need to make the big calls. Having the courage to make and follow through these calls will set you apart.
  • Confidence

  • Self-confidence, or lack of it, can make a huge difference to your success. Being self confident is not about being arrogant, it is for me about believing in yourself, your capabilities and what you have to offer.
  • Caring

  • Some of the best leaders I have worked for had that unique blend. They were able to get great results and still show great interest in others. Taking an interest in others and their success is a great motivator and a great leadership quality in my view.

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to achieve success and realize their professional potential through being highly effective leaders and managers. For more information and to sign up for his free audio e-course click here

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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