Leadership is easy to talk about, but actually quite difficult to execute. Think that you have what it takes to be a great, relatable, and effective leader? Here are 7 traits you must have to stand out from the rest of the pack.

1. Confident

The idea of faking it until you make it is all about confidence. Even when we don't have it together--we may be weeks behind in assignments, out of money, or struggling to keep a team working harmoniously--it's important to exude the confidence that things will work out in the end. If you believe it, and match up your strength with action, people will follow.

2. Empathetic

One of the biggest things people look for in good leaders is relatability; they want to be able to connect with them on a close, trusting level. Leaders who possess empathy, who demonstrate that they understand where every member of their team is coming from, and how much they care about team member's well-being, will always have an avid following.

3. Accountable

Being able to count on somebody, especially in today's fast-changing world, is a huge asset. Leaders must be accountable--the buck stops with them. That's why they were thrust into that position in the first place. Really effective leaders lead by example--they are fully accountable, and they hold their staff to the same standard.

4. Optimistic

In the same vein of confidence, optimism is an incredibly trait for extremely effective leaders. Infusing positive energy into a team boosts its confidence and moves it to action.

5. Honest

Transparency is a necessary for building trust with the people who work for and with you. But being honest and sincere with others does more than build trust--it helps to create an environment in which people want to work with you.

6. Driven

Focused people are the ones who get the farthest, since they are not distracted by the many shiny objects life may throw their way. Sticking to the predetermined path and executing the plan to the end is a quality surprisingly few number of people possess.

7. Inspiring

The most remarkably effective leaders are those who inspire others simply by being who they are, being genuine about what they do, and constantly communicating their vision for a better company--and a better world. Be the change you want to see--and embody that philosophy at work and in your personal life.