ADOPT These Leadership Traits And BECOME a SUCCESSFUL Leader
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What makes a winner a winner? Some say hard-work, knowledge, talent and… What else was it? Ah yes, leadership! There you have it! You totally forgot about developing your leadership skills. Many entrepreneurs go through their carriers forgetting to focus on their leadership behaviours.
I know it can be tough at the start, but you can adopt the traits of a good leader with time. As your company grows, having effective leadership behaviours and attitudes is a must, if you want to succeed.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. “John C. Maxwell
Leaders are not born, they are made. If you want to be made into a leader you need to possess all the qualities of a good leader. Bellow we will go through all the characteristics of a successful leader.
Ethics and Integrity
Trust Is Key
As you walk towards greatness, bring others along and grow together. Act both as a teacher, and a student. Every new technique and knowledge you get, pass it on to your employees. That is leading the way! With new leadership skills, you also get new ideas for your business!
- Bringing others along. It’s important to help others grow and achieve, and the best leaders serve as both, coaches and teachers in pursuit of that goal. When looking at individuals, treat them in respect of their distinctive needs, abilities and goals. At the same time, it takes working with people to help them uncover what they do best, and ways to strengthen and expand those skills.
- Inspiring those around you. The most successful leaders have a vision that motivates people to follow. But it’s not just the vision – for whatever future or goal or purpose – that inspires. It’s also expressing it with passion and energy, and backing it with strong beliefs and values, that count. It’s a matter of exciting people to be equally engaged, and uplifted at being a part of something bigger and better.
Anybody can make a decision, but it takes a great leader to take on the hard decisions, with authority and confidence. Success here comes from balancing emotion with reason, enlisting input from others to ensure the move forward is well-informed, yet acting with authority.
Even when decisions may be unpopular, a leader who honestly communicates the rationale behind them, is in a better position for long-term success.
Innovative organizations give their people opportunities to stretch their creative wings. The culture to make this happen is set by leaders who encourage the art of “possibility” thinking and looking at issues from different perspectives – and who share how such practices have worked for them.
The most successful leaders also understand the importance of training people in being more innovative through, questioning, observing, experimenting and networking, and to that end, encourage employees to get work time each week for outside-the-job creative endeavors.
No one likes to see their hard work and accomplishments go unrecognized. The best leaders make a habit of calling out people who make contributions to the organization, and they do it in both, a timely and appropriate manner.
This may be expressed through a tangible reward, or a public acknowledgement. Either way, it is a function of a leader who not only sets and shares specific expectations, but shows what happens when individuals meet them. Most importantly, the best leaders deliver what they promise.
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