Traits of a Leader
Often times, you hear some people are just born leaders, however you’ll find that that same group of leaders often have similar characteristics in common. It is also true that anyone can improve their leadership skills and become a better leader. Leadership characteristics can be learned, developed and strengthened by each day and each experience.
The most successful leaders are the ones who are able to gain the trust of colleagues, employees and management. Strong leaders are devoted to completing the tasks at hand which means good meeting deadlines even if means working longer and harder than their team. Connected to this, a strong leader takes personal responsibility when a project fails, or awards credit and gives praise when it is due. They acknowledge their team members, as they understand it is the team that supports them.
Good leaders must also value and respect the views of their team members. Regardless of how outrageous or ridiculous an idea sounds presented by an employee, a good leader allows the employee to express their ideas and suggestions, and does not mock or demean employees. This also means that the leader lets others shine and is willing to let their team members take the credit.
A powerful leader has effective communication skills and is able to articulate themselves and their ideas to all levels of employees. They are able to remain level-headed regardless of how intense or how badly the situation may get, a good leader can maintain a sense of humour and help keep the spirits of the team up. Connected to this, strong leaders can lead through any situation, good or bad. A strong leader controls his/her emotions in tough situations, and continues to make decisions based on logic and facts rather than emotions.
These are not difficult practices to follow if you seek to be a strong leader, and the key item to remember is that a strong leader is a disciplined and passionate individual who puts others first and remains focused on ensuring the team, project and company goals are always in focus.