If you are in a leadership position, you may be asking yourself, “What makes a good leader?” However, the answer could be significantly different based on who’s providing the answer. From the eyes of an employee, a good boss could be someone who listens to an employee’s personal problems or goes the extra mile. It could also mean someone who is respectful of other people and does not throw their employee’s under the bus in the presence of others.

Is being a good leader determined by a person’s level of competency? 7.1 out of 10 people surveyed believe that their bosses were in fact competent.  However, is competence the holy grail of being a good leader? Below is some information about what many believe makes a good leader and what you can do to improve your current leadership abilities; or what you can do if you are embarking upon a new leadership position in the future.


Many leaders themselves feel that they have not had adequate managerial training to become great leaders. In fact, according to a recent survey, 40% of them have never received managerial training at all. And of those who have, only 35% of them received training prior to starting their jobs that involved a leadership role.

Roughly 81% of those who received training for their leadership positions felt adequately prepared for the role. That means that 19% of them did not feel adequately prepared.

Emotional Intelligence and Sensitivity

Studies also indicate that most managers do not feel competent as it relates to dealing with employee’s personal problems. In fact, only 13% of those surveyed feel confident about approaching employees with such issues. In addition to that, employees also have problems that are related to work and consequently, only one out of three feels confident about dealing with their employee’s work-related problems.


Trust also plays a huge factor in having great leadership abilities. Some areas that destroy the trust between employees and their bosses according to recent studies include the following: 

  • Making informal threats  
  • Making romantic advances  
  • Taking credit for their employee’s work  
  • Criticizing other’s in public  
  • Micromanagement, and  
  • Playing favorites  

Becoming a great leader takes time and sometimes specialized training. If you are having a challenge with implementing good leadership abilities then, please contact Monstera Lending Group for assistance today.