What makes a great leader?
Every organisation has its own benchmarks for determining who would make the best head of its teams. Research in the field suggests that, on a broad level, employees and employers are looking for similar characteristics in their leaders - no matter what business they're in. Here are ten personality traits that we feel makes a good leader:
Honest leaders inspire not just through words but through actions. They're the kind of leaders who build their teams from the ground up. They understand that effective leadership is built on trust, and that honesty in leadership generates a stronger team dynamic. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behaviour a key value, your team will follow suit.
Openness & Approach
Good leaders encourage a culture where every team member’s ideas are heard and valued. They're open and imaginative - and they encourage those traits in their employees. Some people work well under pressure, others don’t. To optimize your effectiveness as a leader, you must also have the ability to customize your approach on a person by person basis.
Ability to Delegate
It’s important to remember that trusting your team with your idea is a sign of strength, not weakness. Delegating tasks to the appropriate departments is one of the most important skills you can develop as your business grows.
Being able to clearly describe what you want done is extremely important. If you can’t relate your vision to your team, you won’t all be working towards the same goal.
Leaders make decisions. Without fail, leaders are regularly called on to make choices that impact both the organization and the people they lead. People want to follow a person who weighs all the options.
Keep up your confidence level, and assure everyone that setbacks are natural and the important thing is to focus on the larger goal. As the leader, by staying calm and confident, you will help keep the team feeling the same.
If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality content, you’re going to need to lead by example. By proving your commitment to the brand and your role, you will not only earn the respect of your team, but will also instil that same hardworking energy among your staff. It’s important to show your commitment not only to the work at hand, but also to your promises.
Conscientiousness is a measure of how organised, thoughtful and forward-thinking an individual is. Good leaders are highly organised, both individually and when it pertains to their teams; they sympathise with their employees and provide thoughtful feedback and support;
Ability to Inspire
Inspiring your team to see the vision of the successes to come is vital. Being able to inspire your team is great for focusing on the future goals, but it is also important for the current issues. Acknowledge the work that everyone has dedicated and commend the team on each of their efforts. It is your job to keep spirits up, and that begins with an appreciation for their hard work.
You want to keep your team motivated towards the continued success of the company, and keep the energy levels up. Keep the office mood a fine balance between productivity and playfulness.