Have you worked for a great leader? I hope the answer is yes. Over the course of my career, I have worked for several great leaders but one in particular shaped the leader I am today.
Early in my career I worked for a great leader, who through his actions modeled great leadership.
The interesting thing about this leader, was on the surface he didn’t look like a “great leader.” He was an old, crusty, by the book Colonel. While he could have ‘retired on the job’, he was the consummate professional who modeled the traits of great leaders.
But while leaders all vary and come in many shapes and sizes, there are certainly some prevailing features and traits that seem to unite them.
So, what are those traits that make a great leader? They all embody the following:
A good leader takes responsibility. That means you need to be courageous enough to take risks and then take the flak when those risks go wrong.
This is important because it ensures that the team feels safe and empowered to work their best, knowing that they answer only to one person who will protect their best interests.
No one knows everything (and a good leader will be the first to admit this!) but you should certainly know the ins and outs of your industry and your work. A good leader is knowledgeable.
This is so important because it means people can turn to you when they don’t know what to do. You’ll also understand the basics of every part of your business, so that you can keep an eye on the bigger picture and help your team work together.
It is highly important that a good leader be calm. This means that you shouldn’t shout at insubordinate staff and you should never come across as stressed, scared or worried.
A leader is always the barometer for the mood for their team. As soon as you lose it, the team will start to panic. Even if you’re worried, make sure that you don’t project this outwardly.
Most of all, a good leader is highly passionate. That means that you should believe strongly in what you’re doing and it means that you must understand the ‘why’ behind your business.
This is important because when you are passionate and you believe in your business, that means you can inspire others. Without this, you’ll be going through the motions and the entire team will be affected negatively.
If you adopt the four traits you will be a great leader!
Of course, every leader is different.
While some leaders will be very charismatic, loud and proud, others will be understated and calm. While some will be ‘by the book’, others will be creative and flexible in the way they work.
Do you know a great leader?
Dr. Kim Moore, guiding YOU to lead with confidence!
Dr. Kim Moore
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