There are leaders and then there are great leaders. You can recognize them in an instant, and now you can figure out how to be a great leader just like them! Here are the top 10 qualities you should foster to be a great leader.
Whether just starting out or hitting your first road bump it is important to help your team visualize the successes and end goal before they’ve ever been reached. Inspiring a team with positivity and drive are crucial to being a successful leader.
As a team leader you are navigating a new path with no road map. When issues come up you will need to draw on your past experience, mentors and natural intuition. Learn to trust yourself!
As a leader you will be faced with situations where you will need to make quick decisions with no clear answer to which is the right direction. In these situations use every available tool and your team to help make the decision, but also think outside of the box. Rash decisions never end well, but choosing the best between to bad scenarios is part of your job description.
4. Positive Attitude
Since morale is linked to productivity, its important to keep a positive attitude so your team stays happy and upbeat. A positive attitude will make your team feel like your brother in arms, not your employee and they won’t mind putting in extra time and effort so much.
Whatever you expect of your team in commitment to your vision, multiply that by ten. That is the level of commitment you need to show to help motivate your team. It is important as a leader to show examples to your team and to get dirty in the trenches where you r team will be. When you maintain a hardworking energy and standard it will instill itself into your team and ensure quality work.
As a leader, your behavior is always setting the standard for your team. It will seem like you are forever putting out fires and trouble-shooting because it is part of your job. If you keep your eye on the end goal of your business and have confidence in what you are doing, it will keep your team from panicking and jumping ship too.
7. Sense of Humor
Businesses and teams always have their set backs, but it is important as a leader not to panic when these set backs come around the bend. Instead create a team bond that lets you be friends so that you can laugh together when your website crashes or your funding runs out. Since morale is directly linked to productivity it could save the entire operation!
This covers being well spoken and understandable and open for communication lines to flow. It is important for a leader to be able to explain his or her vision and the tasks they need done to reach it. It is also important to be available to establish those communication lines. Have an open door policy and make it a point to be visible in the office in between tasks.
9. Delegation Skills
This could easily also be called “Trust” because when delegating tasks you are giving up a little bit of control and trusting others with your vision. A good way to trust is to identify the strengths of your team members and then assign them tasks where they will excel. Delegation not only shows trust and confidence in your team, but it will give you time to do your job as the leader and focus on your own set of specific tasks.
Honesty is crucial when leading a team or business because your ethical standards will be the standard of your team or company. Not only will they be the standard but it is good to raise the bar a little. While showing your honesty through your actions is important, write down your core beliefs and values for the office to see and make them more tangible.
Whatever circumstance has put you into the role of “leader” it is important to give it your all an aim to be a “great leader.” With these 10 qualities you’ll be well on your way!