The study of leadership has become one of the most documented concepts in the world of business.
Are you a leader? Or even better, do you want to be?
What skill sets, outlooks, and approaches do many leaders share? And what makes team members want to follow you?
- Great Communicators– A leader who doesn’t communicate with their team really is no leader at all. Great leaders ensure that every employee is up to date with every bit of information, whether it’s company goals, performance, success or even failure.
- They Have Unwavering Confidence– Confidence is probably the most important thing for inspiring and motivating others as a leader. People want to have faith in their leaders…well, to be able to lead them. Being the rock for your team (think King Leonidas in ‘300’) during stormy weather can mold you into a leader whose fortitude is infectious.
- They Support Their Team– Facilitating the team and supporting it is a part of an effective organizational environment in which leaders stimulate others to tell the truth, speak up, but also make it safe for them to take risks. If team members get a notion that their leader isn’t supportive, it can discourage them in more ways than one.
- They’re Candid– Honesty, fairness, candidness…these core qualities are of the utmost importance for leaders who’re looking to gain the respect and support of their team members-and to keep it. The old golden rule of treating others the way you want to be treated can win you the respect and admiration of your team members, and other leaders as well.
- They Make Informed Decisions– Being decisive is another effective traits that leaders share. These types of leaders seek to grasp factual details and THEN make their decisions. They don’t allow emotions and vague information or sources to cloud their judgment and practicality.
- They Inspire Their Team– To be a highly effective leader, one must paint a vision of the future and be willing to do anything that it takes to reach their established goals. Inspiring people to act can be challenging when it comes with organizational roadblocks and constraints, and one must be resilient in their aim to push past these types of walls towards the finish line.
Do you possess any of these traits? Remember…leaders are not born, they’re made!