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Good leaders 'can adapt to different circumstances'

10 April 2012

High-calibre business leaders can be identified by their ability to apply core qualities to different circumstances, according to an expert.

Dr David Fraser, relationship skills professional and author of Relationship Mastery: A Business Professional's Guide, said there is no "single blueprint" for a good leader, but certain common attributes can be observed among the very best.

A key quality is flexibility, particularly as regards the ability to deal with a variety of situations and people, as well as being able to combine their own ideas with those of others and identify areas that need change.

Other important attributes highlighted by the expert include a sense of transparency, trustworthiness and openness, which will make staff more likely to follow them.

Dr Fraser added: "Good leaders speak the truth, at least to themselves. Good bosses develop leaders in their organisations and foster strong and effective working relationships between their people."

His conclusions echo those of a recent Boston Consulting Group report, which suggested that flexibility is a common trait among companies that show the ability to outperform the rest of the market.

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