Being recognised as a leader is one of the biggest compliments you could ever earn. A good leader isn’t someone who is out to get what they can, a good leader is someone who works with a team to generate results and rewards input at all levels. Being ‘given’ the position of ‘leader’ doesn’t automatically make you a good one! A great leader understands that there are many factors that are involved with leading others and will strive to help their team achieve, providing tools needed and nurturing the talent they are working with. Here are seven qualities we believe contribute to you becoming a GREAT leader;
- Communication – The way in which you communicate your goals and vision to your team can make or break the results. People in your team will want to know what they are working towards, and how they are going to get there. It’s your role to ensure this is explained clearly, without room for misinterpretation. If you are new to a leadership role either within your own company or an organisation it is important that you start out by clearly expressing your expectations. When a new member of the team comes on board, you will need to ensure they are introduced to your methodology early on. This way, your team is likely to want to succeed and you will all be working towards the same goals.
- Honesty – All relationships work much better when there is trust involved. People are more likely to perform better when there is a sense of loyalty and integrity derived from honesty. If people feel good about the role they are undertaking, their performance levels will naturally increase.
- Confidence – Leaders are looked up to, they possess a confidence that enables them to make decisions on their feet. If things go wrong, your team will look to you for answers and will feed off your energy and look closely at how you handle the situation. It’s YOUR role to keep the balance of emotions stable in the work environment, if you falter, so will your team.
- Delegation – This doesn’t mean that you can simply get rid of the tasks you don’t want to do but it does mean that if you do it right, these tasks will get done with enthusiasm and commitment. Delegation isn’t about micromanaging, it’s about providing the person with the tools and skills they need to perform a task. Giving them ownership for something, where they feel they are being trusted positively affects their performance. When you recognise the strengths of each employee you can play to them and also offer opportunities for them to ‘strengthen’ their skills in weaker areas. Your ability to successfully delegate will affect the outcomes created not only by an individual, but the team as a whole.
- Vision – It is your role to create, share and work towards your vision while obtaining the buy in from your team. If you don’t know what the expected outcomes are how will anyone else. This is what separates a leader from a manager, a true leader will be working towards a greater goal in the future whereas a manager is more concerned with the day to day operational processes.
- Empathy – Great leaders are aware of situations that arise around them. When a situation arises they are able to address the root of the problem and act in a way to resolve it, looking for solutions that will offer the best outcome. When an employee faces a challenge, you will be there to support them and use your skills and judgement to find a constructive resolution.
- Responsibility – It’s your vision, it’s your team and it’s your responsibility to make sure that these two factors align by achieving results. You are responsible for the ultimate results and for the decisions made. Accepting responsibility for your decisions, actions and staff development paves the way for an inspired future for both you and your team.