Traits of a Good Leader

Traits of a Good Leader

“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I”. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I”. They don’t think “I”. They think “we”; they think “team”. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” – Peter Drucker

Balanced Persona: Extremes of anything is bad. Getting way too aggressive or being too laid-back, is both harmful for the team as well as the successful completion of leadership goals. One must possess qualities like tolerance, patience, calmness, and maintain a balance between friendliness and professionalism.

Team Oriented: A good leader is like the head of the family whose job is to not only look after himself, but the entire family as one. One among the many characteristics of a good leader, is the ability to work in a team and lead the team by coordinating all the efforts of the team members in one direction which fulfills the organizational goals.

Just and Impartial: A person can never be considered as an effective leader if he / she is biased towards a certain belief or a person. It is very important for a leader to be just and fair minded. Only then can he build the trust and the respect within the minds of the people who follow him.

Good ListeNer: Good listening skills will not only earn you respect but will also be the door of trust and belief of your team members in you. This leadership quality enables you to win hearts.

Be a Role Model and Not the Boss: A leader is someone who leads others. How can one lead others if he or she has never walked the path as a follower? What I am trying to say is that in order to be a good teacher, one must be a good student with a willingness to constantly learn. It is important for a good leader to meet the expected standards and be an example to others who follow him.

Confidence in Yourself and the Ones Whom You Work With: ‘Team work’ and ‘leadership’ cannot go without each other. So, a leader shouldn’t only be confident in himself but also show the same amount of confidence in the people he works with.

Communication Skills: To be an effective leader one must possess the ability to communicate exactly what he or she wants and expects from the team members.

Focus: Focus is very important when it comes to achieving your goals. An unfocused leader would never be able to lead the team towards their goals, be it the goal of the organization or the goals of the individual team members.

Taking Responsibility and Ownership: A person who is scared to take responsibility and ownership for not only his work but also for his team members can never prove to be a successful leader.

Approachable: If you are approachable, it becomes easy for the team members to come to you and discuss their issues, if they have any! And if they do, things can be sorted out at the very beginning and not when they go out of proportion, which happens in case the leader is not approachable and not easy to talk with.

Believes in Follow-Up: Most of the leaders, due to their busy schedule, skip this portion of their job. What they forget is that if there is effective follow-up, there will be effective results. Projects that are commenced without a proper follow-up always have mistakes and lack perfection, and hence the achievement of targets and goals are delayed. It’s important to walk the talk.

Sharpen Your Skills Regularly: The greatest mistake that most leaders end up making in today’s world is to think that they know it all. Continue to learn.