15 May Leadership Qualities
Having strong leadership is crucial in running and maintaining any business. While almost all business can say that they have leaders, only a percentage of them can put it to the test. A strong leader can not only point in the direction they want to go but be the first to take the steps. They’re the innovators and explorers that push the boundaries of a business or organization and ultimately, the person responsible for the consequences of those steps. Here we will look at some of the characteristics of strong leaders and their role in and out of the office.
Being a good motivator is crucial to having a productive workforce. The ability to motivate others is arguably the most important characteristic of a strong leader. Examples of this are littered throughout history and in all facets of business. The very best leaders can motivate effortlessly, and the outcome is always a positive one.
There is a more, sometimes unseen, pressure for leaders to motivate themselves. Being self-motivated can be vital to being able to motivate others. Your excitement and enthusiasm for the organization or projects can be seen by those around you and is contagious. Only when you are truly positive can you promote positivity.
A background in communication is not required to be good at communicating. In business, the importance of communicating cannot be understated. The reasons for this are various but one very strong reason for this is quite simple. Avoiding miscommunication. A slip of the tongue can mean the difference between a project being finished on time or not at all. It is an incredibly important thing to be able to speak clearly and concisely and can be useful in all situations.
Being a good communicator is also important in so many more areas of life. Be it with your friends and family or with the strangers you meet, articulating your thoughts in a confident way will certainly influence those around you, as well as avoid misunderstandings with them. The results of good communication will be instantly noticed and will raise your image with everyone you communicate with. A lack of good communication is the root cause of many issues and is something we can all avoid with a bit of practice.
It is not quite enough to simply point your associates in the right direction. A strong leader will take the first steps. Those steps are often uncharted territory, and as such have a certain amount of risk associated with them. A good leader will be the first to take them. To innovate and truly lead the way. To not only say “Here’s where we want to go” but “follow me.” Innovating an idea or product can be tricky and usually, someone will need to take the reins. If you’re looking for an example of strong leadership qualities in yourself or those around you, you only need to look for the people who are willing to take those first steps.
Without innovation, projects can become stale. They can even become tedious endeavors that hold no interest for the people working on them. It’s important to keep things on track but more so to keep things fresh. A failure to do so can eventually wear down a team and as a result, the product.
Having integrity is more than just being honest. Integrity is having a strong moral compass and not being afraid to stand up when it is needed. It is our undeniable core values that compose integrity and while these can vary from place to place, the basic appreciation for and understanding of others translates into any language.
Honesty is the first step in having this strong moral compass. Being honest with yourself is a pre-requisite for many leadership traits and being honest with the people around you will build a trust that has no replacement.
A lack of integrity within a leader can not only distance them from their followers, but perhaps from the long-term partners they seek. Over time this will inevitably lead to problems including a lack of motivation and innovation. And let’s be honest, who would want to follow someone they don’t trust?
Some leaders acquire these traits naturally. They are born with gifts that give them the opportunity to lead others organically and without as much practice as others. For most, these and other traits are the product of diligence and hard work. There is no replacement for practice, and this is true for personal qualities as well. Be honest. Do things that motivate you. Speak in front of groups. Think outside the box. All of these can be practiced almost daily at any age.
While there may be many more admirable characteristics than what is listed here, leadership qualities are easily nurtured and will not only benefit you at work but in your personal life as well. Simply working towards these types of personal growths can make a large and immediate impact on everything you do. As your confidence in yourself grows, you’ll inevitably stir confidence in others.