Read all about the top leadership qualities one should possess in order to become a successful leader.
Many people confuse leadership with management. We often believe that a “good” manager should be a leader. At the same time we see real leaders all around that have no “official” authority or responsibility.
But what exactly is leadership? What are the qualities of a leader? Is a leader born or made in the process? How should a leader behave?
Below,are the 14 most important qualities a leader should possess:
1. Leadership is not timeless:
Sometimes leadership lasts just for minutes and other times leadership lasts for years. However, leadership never lasts forever. Leaders should not rely just on the magnetism and aura they possess today. Instead, they should set the foundations that will help remain leaders in the future and for a long time to come. Although this may not appeal to many, present leaders should start preparing themselves for when they will no longer hold this position.
2. The followers make the leader:
Leadership is not a title that can be awarded. The only proof that a leader exists is his followers. Today you may feel like a leader, but take a moment to think about this: if you were to quit your job tomorrow, would there be people that would follow you?
3. Leaders should have simple, clear vision:
Walt Disney’s vision was “to make people happy”. Try to make your own vision two or three lines long. Avoid grandiose phrases. Once you form your vision think: “If this was someone else’s vision, would I immediately embrace it? Would I like to see it materialized?”. If you don’t respond positively to either of the two questions, then put your leadership skills to good use and form your vision from scratch.
4. Leaders speak with confidence:
If you do not believe in what you say, why should others?
5. Leaders despise bureaucracy:
Leaders like to simplify procedures. They remove unnecessary procedures and modify outdated ones. If that’s what it takes, leaders build everything from scratch. Your way of conduct as a leader should be functionality and effectiveness.
6. Leaders constantly look out for new ideas:
Leaders think outside the box. During a particular day and time of the week ask all of your team members to come up with a new, even extremist or unrealizable idea. Just think about how many current business empires started off with ideas that initially seemed crazy.
7. Leaders undertake new and challenging activities:
Establish this practice. Be creative, step outside of the confines of your job description. Try thinking and acting differently.
8. Leaders view change as an opportunity:
Most people react negatively to change because it uts them out of their comfort zones and this is something they despise. Leaders find change positive. For example, an acquisition or a merger will definitely threaten the position of several of your colleagues. You, the true leader, view this change as an increase in resources and an opening to new markets which can lead to so many opportunities.
9. Leaders allow their team to work with minimum supervision:
If you are constantly closely supervising your team, they will never take initiative as they know they can consult you for anything.
10. Leaders have faith in their employees:
Having true leadership skills means allowing people in your team to develop and flourish. You never know, they may surprise you with their skills.
11. Leaders reward their employees’ efforts:
An important part of proper leadership is to reward your employees when they have done something to deserve it. This will increase your supporters within the team.
12. Leaders set the example:
Leadership is all about setting the example. If, for example, you ask your team to work overtime, arrive a quarter early and leave half an hour later than the rest.
13. Leaders create appealing working environments:
A good working environment is a sign of good leadership skills and everyone wants to be a part of it.
14. Leaders employ various leadership styles:
Depending on the situation, leadership should be modified and adapted depending on the circumstances and the people.