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Top 9 Traits of a Great Marketing Leader

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Competition is tough in the marketing world and the marketer is expected to reach or surpass company revenue goals. This is a tough role to play and only the best survive.

Following are the top 9 traits of a great marketing leader:

Plans with direction

Marketing plans take into account the different aspects of the business - finances and human capital; and these plans also capitalize on customers' needs. Marketer always includes the possible scenarios, formulates back-up strategies, and considers additional cash infusion should there be a need. All these are planned within company capabilities. The goals are specific and the directions are clearly defined.

Has outstanding functional skills

A good leader is able to communicate accurately and effectively. In marketing, objectives and strategies are all directed towards the business survival. Inside the corporate world, a marketer deals with a team or teams, networks with other teams, and must be able to propel the team/s, and should grasp opportunities that help the company seize the buy-in momentum.

Understands company goals

Leader leads towards a direction and must know the many by-ways or routes that lead to that direction. This is not so difficult if the marketer understands the company's goals, vision, mission, and objectives. Like an architect and an engineer, marketer must have the full grasp of the company's working framework and the underlying foundation of the business. This understanding is a crucial tool in all leadership roles.

Has a great analytical skill

Marketer works to create a need. Marketer needs to view things from the customers' viewpoints. With the help of analytical tools marketer must be able to translate statistics into meaningful and useful information. The ability to measure and evaluate qualitative and quantitative values is a marketer's secret to great marketing strategies.

Understands company machinery

Strategies and techniques are devised to consolidate the knowledge - what customers need, how they want these, and how often will they want these. To achieve a perfect blueprint, marketer must understand how the company works with its limitations, resources, and target timelines. This too requires a working knowledge of how the different units in the system work together.

Dares to be different

Based on his analysis of customer trends and company goals and resources, marketer must be able to devise new strategies. In marketing, a great marketer is able to stay ahead of competition. The same marketing strategies applied all over again will eventually lose the company its customers but a fresh approach can resuscitate the image.

Can inspire people to work

A great marketer like a great leader can inspire people to do their best without being pushy or authoritative. He or she is the promoter for training opportunities for the team and encourages skills enhancement tutorials.

Works with the team

A great marketing leader does not just order people around but shows he/she is part of the team by doing the chores he or she is supposed to do; this further inspires people to contribute more.

Is firm

Rules should be observed and violators should be given consideration with a soft glove. Great leaders take the time to listen and learn from others.
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