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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

self-involved

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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