How many leaders have you met in your life? Are any of them famous? If you have met famous leaders in your life, then I am sure you already do know that they all possess similar traits.
Sure, everyone does things their own way, but for the most part, they do things alike.
We often ask ourselves, are good leaders born with these traits or do they develop them in time?
I think part of both is true. Some traits are present by birth; while others, they develop over-time.
I grew up with a number of people. Some of them shared the same background, the same country, the same schooling, and the same neighborhood as I did. But, they all didn’t turn out what they wanted.
Yet, there were some who did achieve what they really set out to achieve.
Perhaps, we can say that half of it goes to their nature and the other half to their will. Regardless of all, here’s what I believe are some traits that every leader should possess in order to survive and thrive.
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A Sincere Enthusiast:
Good leaders don’t fake. They show true enthusiasm when it comes to leadership. Nowadays, employees are sharp, they can judge when a leader is faking enthusiasm and when the leader is actually feeling enthusiastic. And when leaders feel the enthusiasm, they project that passionate in the heart of others like a contagious virus. For example, if you ask any of the early employees of Space X, they will tell you that the true driver behind the success of the project was Musk’s enthusiasm for space travel. An enthusiastic leader can identify existing problems in the industry.
Exhibits Powerful Integrity:
Whether it’s putting safety and quality first, acknowledging mistakes or giving away credits, a great leader spreads the message of integrity like no other. It is a common trait found among every leader and it is also a sign of good leadership. It’s ingrained into their mindsets to do all that’s right rather than just doing the best thing which goes in their favor. They do what’s best for everyone and for the whole organization even if it’s something that puts their own credibility or position on the line. For example, good leaders will always try to speak up for what’s right for the organization even if it risks their own position or hurts their leadership. Their agenda is massively clear and they exhibit power.
A leader can never be a complete leader unless he is good at motivating others. And motivation will only come when a leader is well disciplined, learned and had the art of carrying out effective communication. Great leaders can accomplish just about anything they want because they are skilled communicators. If the communication between a leader and his sub-ordinate is poor, there is a strong chance that the outcomes can eventually turn out poor as well. Leaders who lack in communication are often perceived as weak. You will only be a good communicator if you know how to listen. So, another great trait that a leader possesses is how well he or she listens and responds accordingly.
They Are Always Loyal:
If you are a good leader, you know the value of loyalty. Good leaders understand that loyalty is a reciprocating element. Loyalty has many tangible ways through which teams can greatly benefit. True loyalty is the method of ensuring that all team members stay out of crisis and conflict permanently. Loyalty is an aspect that cannot be easily purchased. If you want loyalty from your team member, then you need to make sure that you earn it. Great leader see themselves in a position of service and when they serve others, loyalty automatically comes their way. By winning the heart of their sub-ordinates, they create enough loyalty to work long term and in a very effective manner.
Strong Decision Makers:
A strong leader isn’t only empowered to make strong decision because they are in an authoratitive position, they display strength because they are able to take the risk of decision making. They do realize that when things do not work out their way, they are able to hold themselves accountable. Many bosses likes to be in an authoritative position but they greatly fail when it comes to owning the decisions. They are the first to back out and unload th failure on their sub-ordinates and teammates. Such leaders aren’t the right decision makers; if you want to display strength, start taking ownership.
Many of us like to follow the lead of those we feel inspired of. The best thing about a leader is that they are well-spoken, interactive, approachable and expressive. Good leaders care sincerely. And due to this care, many of their sub-ordinates find a way to co-ordinate with them and speak their worries. By knowing how a sub-ordinate is struggling professionally, leaders become capable of resolving their issues more effectively. And as a whole, they result in removing all possible obstacles from their way. If you are an emerging leader and you want to win the hearts of others, be exceptionally charismatic.
So there you go, here are some of the qualities that I believe good leaders should possess if they want to survive in a corporate environment. Do you have what it takes to be great leader? Share your thoughts with us.