A good leader can change the course of the workplace. Almost everyone has an opinion about strong leadership. How can we determine whether a leader is effective or not? Which well-known leaders are doing a good job, and which aren’t? ACG Global will show you what it takes to be an excellent leader.
The qualities of a great leader are one of the most debated parts of leadership. With so many distinct layers to senior management roles and frequently a plethora of hurdles to overcome along the road, here are five attributes that any leader should display and strive to improve if they want to inspire confidence in their abilities and achieve professional success.
Making judgments, especially under duress, is a vital skill. People will depend on you to make the ‘right’ decision when you’re in a position of power, so it’s critical to consider all relevant factors before making a decision. Once you’ve decided, you should be able to defend it and provide reasoning if questioned by those you’re accountable to. Furthermore, the flexibility to revisit your choice as new information becomes available demonstrates leadership maturity. It’s also vital not to be too proud to seek assistance in decision-making if you believe there’s a stakeholder who knows more about the subject, even if the final decision will still be yours.
Nobody wants to work with a leader they don’t believe in. So, it is critical to establish relationships with your staff as soon as possible – and this does not imply becoming their friend, but rather presenting yourself as a competent leader who is always transparent and equal. Being upfront and honest with those you manage, listening to their difficulties without passing judgment, and openly articulating the value of trust within the team or wider organization are all effective ways of creating trust with those you manage. Your goal to develop trust must be genuine.
Empowerment of others
Leaders must be trustworthy as well as trusting in equal measure. When you advance in your career and reach a high-level position, you may need to present yourself as the expert in all areas. But your employees are also there for a reason. They are experts in their fields. So, it’s important for you to trust them. Delegate as much as possible to team members and enable them to take on projects that will help them grow as professionals. This will demonstrate your confidence in them.
One of the crucial factors for succeeding in any senior management post is clear communication. Aside from having a vision and a plan to attain that vision, it’s also critical to ensure that the vision has been clearly communicated to your staff so that you can all work toward the same goal. A successful leader should utilize clear communication to ensure that everyone on their team or organization understands their target and motivate and inspire employees to reach their maximum potential.
Last but not least, a great leader need to be always prepared to get back up after being knocked down. Being in a position of authority is not without its challenges. So it’s critical not to dwell on failures and instead focus on the learnings to apply in the future. Accept the failures and adapt with the changes.