Leaders get things done and are responsible for the success of organisations, communities, and nations. Without proper leaders, the world would simply cease to exist or slowly crumble around you. Good leaders are crucial to influence or guide others and make crucial lifesaving decisions and keep things functioning. The following are six common characteristics that a good leader possesses:
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Being empathetic means that you can feel others’ pain or emotions without physically experiencing the situation or trauma itself. This is important leadership quality as it allows you to be open and transparent with communication. If you understand your employees’ needs or situations, you can better relate and find ways to communicate effectively.
Good leaders are mindful of others, their actions, and body language. You are a good leader if you understand the importance of proper body language and how it can affect those around you. You won’t see good leaders talk without permission or over others.
Good leaders understand that respect is a two-way road. You cannot expect respect without offering it yourself. Successful leaders don’t use roles to communicate or control the room; it starts with respect.
Influential and Inspirational
Being a good leader isn’t about dictating to get important things done. It is about having the ability to inspire or influence another. This is best done by example. Show up to work on time, complete tasks on or before your deadlines, and offer tips, tricks, or advice that work for you instead of being demanding.
Confident and Committed
Having confidence in your abilities and being committed to the work or improving is essential. You cannot expect others to follow your lead or finish tasks on time if you don’t care about or are confident in your work.
Being a leader means the result is up to you, and only you to get it done. That’s why good leaders must manifest integrity or honesty. Always committing to your morals is another way to inspire people to do the right thing. If you are always consistent in your action’s others will want to be the same.
ENGAGE Top Tip
If you don’t possess these traits, it’s unlikely that you will be successful at leadership. However, it can be learned and trained just like any other skill. Learn to adapt and practice these traits to improve and become a better leader.
Quotes to Ponder
“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help others who are doing well to do even better. “
- Jim Rohn: American Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker
“Remember the difference between a boss and a leader. A boss says, Go! A leader says, Let’s go!”
- George E.M. Kelly: twelfth pilot of the U.S. Army’s Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps and the first member of the U.S.
Ask Yourself This
How do you keep your team motivated despite conflicts and obstacles?
What makes you a bad leader and how do you plan to improve this?