Do you know what it takes to be a great leader? What qualities will make you follow this person?
Great leaders strive to be at the top of the mountain. They are the role models, teachers, mentors. A great leader can communicate with anyone. They make every person feel safe and comfortable.
If you want to be a leader, you need a clear vision and guidelines. This gives the team the belief in reaching greatness.
You need to have skills such as confidence, honesty and passion. Also, the ability earn your respect.
Being a leader is to continuously learn through adapting in various situation. You need to challenge yourself and stay humble.
Have you been told your work is good, but you know it’s not? Would you ask the same person the same question next time? Nobody wants to work for someone who is dishonest. Honesty is a major factor when it comes to a successful team. As soon as honesty is questioned, it will ruin the culture. A great leader needs to be honest and trustworthy. As transparent as possible. If a team member has an issue, they can approach you and be confident it will get resolved quietly.
Do you remember back in school, when the teacher asked a question and finished with “do you understand?”. How often did you say yes and had no idea what they were talking about? To be a great leader of a team, that cannot happen. A leader and team has to be on the same page. As if you are the teacher and they are the students. If communication breaks down, the message will be lost. Whether it’s training a new employee or bouncing ideas off directors, communication is key.
Have you ever felt misunderstood? As if no one in the team can relate to you? The leader needs to make every team member feel as comfortable as possible. You need to build a connection with every team member. You need to understand their values and morals. In every family, social circle and team, each person is different to the next. You need to have the ability to customise your approach to each person. This will play a huge role in reaching your team’s full potential.
Do you remember when a leader with no passion was successful? I certainly don’t. How would you feel going to work every day, knowing your boss does not care? No way I would be motivated. To be a great leader, you need to portray an appetite to succeed. A leader’s passion through body language and voice goes a long way in success.
Everyone knows the feeling, that feeling where you get asked a question and you freeze. Your mind absolutely blank. You start to sweat. Panic starts to set. Great leaders have the ability to think fast and always be ready for curly questions. Calm and collected in every situation.
As the famous saying goes, ‘knowledge is power’. To be successful is one thing, but maintaining your success is another. Like everyone, a leader needs to continuously evolve. Learning, growth and responding to change is key to being ahead of the curve.
Can you work for someone who you don’t respect? Will you work as hard? A leader with no respect is not a leader. Respect is not given, it is earned. Your team needs to believe in you, follow your lead, as if you are leading them into battle. To earn respect you need to show respect. Do you want to be a great leader and earn respect? You need to put your money where your mouth is.
This is arguably the most important trait a leader needs to have. Confidence. How can you follow someone if they don’t believe in themselves? An unconfident great leader has never existed. A great leader has an extreme belief in their self.
Having a great leader in your team can only bring success. All these attributes need to integrate into this person. If one lapses, it can be detrimental to the success. For a group of people to look at you as a mentor, and follow your actions is a special position to be in. If you find yourself in this position, be humble and enjoy the circumstance you’re in. Being a leader is a privilege.
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