The 4 Significant Qualities All Great Leaders Share
Great leadership transcend beyond just being able to manage people. If you have been given the mantle of leadership, your most important decision should be to develop significant qualities that will certainly make you want to be a great leader. You have to work on yourself and build up your capacity and capabilities to improve yourself.
Leadership is not a transferable asset, it’s a product of individuals accomplishments. There’s actually no defined way to become a great leader. All great leaders grow into leadership. Leadership is a personal affair meaning no two individuals are exactly the same. No individual inherits leadership and no individual transfers his leadership traits to another. As said earlier, the way to becoming a great leader is strictly personal.
Becoming a great leader is always work in progress. This is because you don’t stop working on yourself. You keep improving. Here are significant qualities of all great leaders:
Concentrate on learning
Leadership is competitive. Therefore, as a leader you need to strive to be ahead and on top. Never settle for average. Average leaders don’t get it. Do they? I guess not! Learning is an important quality all successful leaders have in common. Cultivate a passion for learning. Build yourself and improve on your skills. Learn! Learn!! Learn!!!
It’s one thing to have a vision. It’s another to bring that vision to reality. You must be able to communicate your vision to your team and as well as to your audience, whether it’s on social media, your blog, and/or to your investors. One of your biggest jobs as a successful leader is to constantly communicate what you’re doing, where you’re going, why you’re going there, and why it’s exciting, and why they should join you on the bandwagon to actualize your vision.
Be open minded
“The man with a closed mind does not inspire the confidence of his associates. Without confidence great leadership is an impossibility,” Andrew Carnegie. When you open the mind of positivity and the eye of focus, the ear of negativity closes. A close mind cannot triumph.
Great leaders listen more than they speak. They communicate smartly and let employees in on everything from vision to goals. If people don’t understand or aren’t aware of your expectations, they will fall short, so the more specific you can be, the better. “You need to be able to communicate on all levels: one on one, to the department and to the entire staff, as well as via phone, email and social media. Communication is built on a steady flow of verbal and nonverbal exchanges of ideas and information, so work on being approachable and involving people from different levels”, writes Deep Patel on Forbes.com
I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu