Running a country is no easy task; it takes resolution and skill to win the confidence of a nation, which begs the question, what qualities make a good leader?
Being a good leader could mean the difference of success and failure when it comes to your business and the way in which your staff respond to you. To assist you in honing your leadership skills.
Here are 5 top tips to keep you ahead of your game:
1. Good leaders know themselves
Knowing oneself is necessary when faced with challenges or ethical choices, communicating with those who have different ideas, making decisions, and identifying sources of satisfaction. You need to be clear about your own values, priorities, and preferences and not let someone else, or society, define them for you.
2. Be willing to commit
In addition to being self-aware, an effective leader is not afraid to take on responsibilities. Sometimes it requires putting the organisation or group first and keeping it there. True leadership requires you to make sacrifices, including putting the organisation and others and before yourself.
3. Good leaders know they don’t know everything
Believing that an effective leader is one who knows it all is one of the most dangerous misconceptions about leadership. Human frailty comes into play whether sitting in a cubicle or a corner office. So while the ultimate decision and responsibility may lie with one individual, it is incumbent upon her or him to gather information and trust others’ points of view before developing a plan of action.
4. Good leaders are open to change
Change is one of life’s most obvious factors, yet remains one of the most strongly resisted and effective leaders recognize the value of change. Yet all too often, it’s much more comfortable to ignore the inevitability of change and to keep things the way they’ve always been. Unless a leader’s goal is to bankrupt a business or ensure no new members join an organisation, that approach cannot work. Changes need to be anticipated and responded to if growth is going to continue. And that applies to minor changes, as well as major ones.
5. Good leaders go the extra mile
Some leaders have a lifetime of small acts of leadership as extraordinary encouragers, strong organisers, good persuaders, or charismatic speakers. When it comes down to it, how we lead is a reflection of the characteristics and values that define who we are.
A leader is someone who helps others do and become more than they ever thought possible. Leadership is about unlocking potential, whether individual potential or that of a group, company, or organisation. It is not about telling people what to do, but inspiring them to see what they are capable of, then, helping them get there.
Monique Harrisberg is the founder of The Voice Clinic.