The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc
There’s an old proverb that says; “if you want to be wise you should walk with the wise. To understand the leadership it’s best to look at those who have led successfully. While none of them are perfect leaders (if there’s a thing as perfect leadership), their success shows that they did something right. An effective leader has certain, basic, visionary, characteristics. The aim of a strong leader is to translate their vision into reality.
Leadership is a process that influences groups to achieve common goals. Certain individuals are born with “preferred” leadership traits. However, these personal attributes can be developed and honed through perpetual development of the individual into a respected, trusted leader. The perfect blueprint provides individuals with a pathway to achieve their leadership potential.
7 Key Qualities Successful Leaders Exhibit for Maximum Success
Successful leaders are clear about their vision and how to achieve their vision. They are self-directed, planners, goal setters and problem solvers highly capable in both conceptual and analytical thinking. They lead by example and motivate others to set stretch goals. They take calculated risks in achieving their goals and they surround themselves with like-minded, competent high achievers. Working with and learning from successful leaders allow us to focus on delivering goals and excellence.
A strong leader is very creative. They will try new approaches even if it presents possible failure. Effective leaders recognize that failure is only a temporary setback that gives a clear understanding of what not to do in the future. The overall attitude of a risk-taking leader is that, “You ultimately fail when you don’t give it a try!” One of Helen Keller’s famous quotes on risk-taking is; “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Integrity, honesty, is first, last and always in leadership, entrepreneurship and business start-up. Integrity is one of the most important qualities of effective leadership. This means you should be honest and do what’s right, even when you are out of the sight of others. If you’re lacking integrity, it becomes quite difficult for others to have confidence in you. Leading with integrity will earn you trust, loyalty, and respect.
Barri Rafferty, CEO, Ketchum, writes: “A leader instills confidence and ‘followership’ by having a clear vision, showing empathy and being a strong coach. As a female leader, to be recognized I feel I have to show up with swagger and assertiveness, yet always try to maintain my Southern upbringing, which underscores kindness and generosity. The two work well together in gaining respect.”
Do everything you can to simplify things in your role. As a leader, focus on things that are most important. The things that drive your bottom line — financial, personal, or otherwise. What really matters? Once you know your why and your what, you can set your priorities straight. The key is to keep things as simple as possible. You don’t need to over complicate things for your team to be meaningful.
It is important to understand that communication is not solely conversation. Good communication requires making sure that the message is understood by every member on the team. Communication is also being able to listen. Listening is as important as talking. An effective leader listens more than they talk.
Always and every time effective leaders show positive attitude towards their team. it should also be your attributes if you want to make a great leader.