Google completed 10 years of research on what makes a good manager at a company. These 10 traits resonated with team NRPR, as they reminded us of our own CEO, Nicole Rodrigues. Over the next 10 days, we are running a special series on this blog with our reactions to the list and what it means to be a good leader. This is post 10 of 10.

One of the most critical roles of being a great leader is to develop outstanding decision making skills, ranging from tactical and simple to strategic and complex. Being an effective leader holds a tremendous amount of responsibility and pressure regarding making the right decisions at the right time to keep your business successfully moving forward. Strong leaders have emotional intelligence, construct decisions that will make a positive impact on yourself, your team members, your clients and your business.

Great leaders take the initiative to set guidelines for their employees to follow, bring out their best technical skills, and encourage them to be the best version of themselves. A leader’s ability to quickly make assessments of each of their employee’s skills, character and abilities is critical for creating an effective working environment that supports their professional and individual development. A strong team is the one that can surpass their differences, co-exist through mutual understanding and the ability to rise above any situation together to achieve successful goals.

At NRPR, Nicole Rodrigues, CEO, is our captain who provides us with the map and direction to steer our business ship toward working as a team to sail forward smoothly to our successful destination. Nicole has the ability to motivate you in a way that is contagious with such an optimistic flare that you can’t help but smile and keep moving forward because nothing is ever impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!