Are You a Good Leader, What is a Good Leader
Do you think your a good leader and do you think you are being taught be a good leader too well read on and see…
It’s interesting to listen to the responses from executives when I ask them, “How to find the characteristics of a good Leader?”
If I ask that question in a huge room of executives, as well as upper level managers the answers are going to be all over the map, and several are conflicting.
A couple of the usual answers are:
A good leader is someone that empowers those working for him to generate their very own decisions.
A good leader is someone who gives clear, direct orders, a take charge person who commands his employees.
The first implies that we let the workers structure their own minds what to do, and how to get the end result.
The next implies that we’d better be somewhat of the micromanager and tell everyone exactly what to try and do and the way to do it.
Aren’t those somewhat conflicting?
After we now have built a tremendous list, and almost always the RIGHT answer isn’t there, I’ll suggests to them they have put several conflicting statements up there.
So, “If you needed to narrow it down to only one thing that defines a really good leader, what would it be?”
Out of all of the years I’ve asked that inquiry of executives, I think only one time has someone even compared to the answer. The answer is “A leader gets results.” I think that the main reason there were so many conflicting characteristics is that most of what we put up there is “situational.” A good leader always knows when to make use of whatever tool according to the situation to obtain the results which are needed.
A lot of are stuck in a single mode or another because “that is the right way to do it,” for example “empowering” employees. I’ll admit that is generally one of the simplest ways, but there are employees that need a nudge once in a while, that perform well when given step-by-step directions instead of guidelines.
Too many are focused on activities, and then get frustrated because they do not get results.
A good leader knows how to find the right tool, when to utilize it, and always delivers results.
How often maybe you have heard the comment, “The individual is a born leader?” There are specific characteristics obtained in some people that appear to naturally put them in a position where they’re explored to as a leader.
Whether in fact a person is born a leader or develops skills and skills to be a good leader is open for debate. There are some clear characteristics which are found in good leaders. These qualities could be developed or can be naturally part of the personality. Let us explore them further.
SEVEN PERSONAL QUALITIES FOUND IN A GOOD LEADER
1. A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to steer others. A leader must be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.
2. A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause as well as about their role as leader. People will respond more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to be able to be a supply of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be a part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader is not going to be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
3. A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a good leader needs to seem confident as somebody and in the leadership role. Such somebody inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts with the team to finish the task well. A good leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members.
4. A good leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.
5. Good leaders are tolerant of ambiguity and remain calm, composed and steadfast to the principle purpose. Storms, emotions, and crises come and go and a good leader takes these as part of the journey and keeps a cool head.
6. A good leader, including keeping the main goal in focus, is able to think analytically. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to break it down into sub parts for closer inspection. While keeping the goal in view, a good leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it.
7. A good leader is committed to excellence. Second best will not bring about success. The good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas.
These seven personal characteristics are foundational to good leadership. Some characteristics may be more naturally present in the personality of a leader. However, each of those characteristics can also be developed and strengthened. A good leader whether they naturally possess these qualities or not, might be diligent to consistently develop and strengthen them of their leadership role.
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