Leadership is a very important role, whether the organisation is micro, small or large. Leaders play a very important part in the business, as this is the individual who will keep the employees feeling motivated, valued, respected and boost team morale.
If I asked you, to think of what qualities a leader should possess what would you think of? Individuals naturally showcase certain qualities that we believe a leader should possess. However, leadership can be taught. With the right trainer/coach to help you develop, reflect and adapt your leadership style, you can become a great leader if you are willing to do all these things.
“A leader is someone who establishes a clear vision for their team and then guides them towards it by
empowering and coaching them towards greatness.”
So, what are the qualities of a leader?
Confidence – Leaders should possess confidence within themselves as they lead from the front and will require the confidence in them from others to build trust and respect.
Courage – Leaders should be prepared to take risks within the team and organisation, prepared to give feedback that is considered ‘difficult’, be able to strive for excellence and trusting their employees.
Creativity – Leaders should be able to think differently and ‘out-side the box’ having the ability to see what others do not see.
Responsive – Leaders should be able to act quickly, this could be in relation to employee development/improvement, changing technologies, new systems etc; and then be able to guide employees through changes to eliminate barriers to change.
Honesty – Leaders should communicate the truth to team members, leaders who possess honesty will be able to gain trust of their team members and build great working relationships.
Flexible in their approach – Leaders should be able to adapt their leadership style and techniques to suit the needs of the team or individual team members to secure high performance and motivation levels.
Humour – Leaders should know how to use humour effectively, this has many benefits such as, relieve tense situations, energise team by adopting that ’fun’ aspect within the workplace and defusing hostility.
Compassionate – Leaders should have empathy and concern for others, employees need to know that they have support to enable them to feel valued, when employees feel valued their performance is likely to be high.
“Great leaders can see the greatness in others when they can’t see it themselves and lead them to their highest potential they don’t even know.”