Ten Essential Attributes that a Leader Should Have

Posted by | October 7, 2014 | Happiness, Mind, Relationships | No Comments

Whether you are someone who is hoping to get a promotion into a management role, or perhaps you are already a manager hoping to improve his/her performance or just someone who is wondering what makes a good leader this article briefly looks into some of the main attributes which help make a good leader. Some of these attributes are a case of stating the obvious while others may be skills that leaders and potential leaders can develope over time.

  1. Honesty pays: Honesty is one of the key characteristics which make a good leader. Employees, co-workers, employers and clients appreciate a manager who is honest, forthright and candid in his/her day-to-day dealings. If as a leader you have a vision or certain principles you follow then it is likely that your team will do the same. A leader needs to set a high standard in honesty and integrity so that those working under them follow these same principles. It is also important to figure out what exactly your brand or team stands for and what are the important principles to follow.
  1. Delegate, delegate and delegate: As a leader it is important to have the ability to delegate responsibility to your team members. A good leader will have the knack of picking a reliable and gifted team. A leader should have confidence in the ability of his team to carry out the required work without having to look over their shoulders every second of the day. A good leader is not one who micro-manages every little thing but rather someone who finds out what each member of his team is good at and then delegates that particular task to them. A leader should concentrate on the aims, vision, and the larger goal rather than the smaller day to day things like keeping tabs on his team or answering all the phone calls and emails. .
  1. Humor -may the force be with you: Humor is a bonus quality for a good leader as this helps deal with pressure and stress on a bad or difficult day. A leader who has a good sense of humor can navigate his team through a website crashing, losing an important client or a presentation going horribly wrong. A sense of humor can allow a leader to remain calm and collected through tough times and raise team morale which helps increase team productivity. A good humor is also very important when the leader himself faces a difficult time.
  1. Good communication skills: A good leader is more likely than not a good communicator as there is always information to disseminate regarding the company vision, values and aims to the team. A good leader is also able to communicate what is required of his team – that way both the team and leader are on the same page about what needs to be achieved and the means to achieve it. Furthermore, good communication skills are needed to train new comers, train your team, create a healthy work environment and also solving work related problems. Having good communication skills also allows the leader to pass on information which is not always good news in as best a way as possible.
  1. Confidence: To be an effective leader is to be one who is calm and confident particularly when the going gets tough or things start to go wrong. On bad days, it is important for the leader to calm the team down, raise the morale and also ensure that the necessary work is carried out. A confident leader is able to keep the team morale high and ensure them that they will ride out the tough times. A team takes its cue from its leader thus confidence is a powerful quality for anyone managing a team. Being confident also ensures that a team leader can make important (sometimes daring and risky) decisions at the right time.
  1. Sunny side up: Similar to having confidence, it is important for a team leader to have a positive outlook in life. The power of having healthy optimism cannot be overlooked, optimism or being positive is a quality which is infectious. A happy and positive leader more often than not equals an upbeat team. A team can be kept happy by a number of different methods – regular pay rises, generous bonuses, providing fresh coffee, donuts or fruits on a daily basis, giving a shoulder to cry on or lending an ear. Perhaps even a weekly team night out for beer and a pizza. For a leader it is also important to keep the positive promises made with the team.
  1. Commitment: If you want a high quality of work being produced by your team then it is important that you are committed to your brand and prepared to roll up your sleeves. Nothing raises the morale and determination of a team like their leader working along side them and putting in the long hard hours which they have to. This in binds a team together which allows for a productive team. However, commitment isn’t only connected with work related issues it can also be about having team away days, ensuring that the team is paid properly, or sufficient bonuses are given. With commitment also comes persistence.
  1. Thinking out of the box : A leader needs to be creative or think out of the box or off the beaten track. A good leader is one who doesn’t always go for the easy or obvious routes, a good leader is able to think through all the possible options and then finally reach the conclusion they hoped for. A good leader is one who will see the long-term goal and use a number of different ways to meat their means. This also means that a good leader has a strong desire to learn new things and adopt new ways of working i.e. Allowing team members to work from home and also work flexible hours.
  1. Divisive: The ability to be divisive is also an important requirement in a leader. When managing a team, department or even a company a good leader needs to have the ability to make decisions – sometimes quickly and under a great deal of pressure. A good leader is one who doesn’t shy away from decision making even though it may be difficult for them and sometimes they may have to go it alone i.e. having to make some of their team redundant or cutting pays.
  1. A source of inspiration: Lastly, a good leader has the ability to inspire their team to work productively and creatively. A good leader can also inspire a team to stay together and work as a team or it may simply be the ability to be a better person. A good leader by using his optimism, humor, confidence and commitment can make his team have faith in their work. A leader should know how to inspire his team in different circumstances.

 

 

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