updated 2/20/2012 1:48:29 PM ET 2012-02-20T18:48:29

Trying to grow your business in this sluggish economy is a little like trying to swim through Jell-O. Ineffective or uncertain leaders definitely need not apply.

So what does it take to lead a small business through this ongoing economic mess? The blogosphere is humming with ideas lately. Here's a roundup of the important traits for entrepreneurs in 2012:

what workers and customers are saying

acknowledge their ideas

tell your story honestly

clear communication

strategy du jour

shape your character


Define the results you want

know the company's overall goals

workers are worried

spot opportunities others are missing

What leadership traits do you think matter now? Leave a comment and give us your take. 

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