5 Characteristics Effective Leaders Have
Management styles can be taught, but true leaders are born with and nourish certain characteristics that make them exceptionally good at motivating people to perform above average. Are you an aspiring leader? If so, scroll through to learn how to command a team and deliver outstanding results.
Being curious is all about listening and learning. Great leaders are in perpetual beta mode, meaning they are constantly absorbing information and rerouting their management style and strategic planning to best suit the current climate. Strong leaders never settle for the status quo.
Lead by example. If you want your team to consistently perform above average, do so yourself. Remain humble, diligent, and thankful and your team will do the same. As Dr. Wayne Dyer says, "Truly inspiring leaders get results by their own example: They encourage others to be responsible and do the right thing, but not by proclaiming and bragging about their unimpeachable management. They create space for others to be inspired and to achieve their own greatness.”
Always keep the big picture in mind. You want to see potential problems a mile before things go south. That said, you also want to be flexible. If the business climate changes or something unexpected happens, which it undoubtedly will, you need to ba able to adapt quickly and re-center your team around a new strategy. Oftentimes, the best results come from bold experimentation.
All bosses need a deep understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, passions, and boundaries in order to lead effectively. This also means being aware of your “blind spots,” says Robert Steve Kaplan, author of What You Really Need to Lead. Kaplan says left unknown, your blind spots can hold you back. This means asking your employers questions and making sure they aren’t afraid to give you feedback or constructive criticism. “Bosses need to be aware of the power asymmetry between themselves and subordinates—it causes people to hold back from mentioning things they think their superior doesn’t want to hear,” he said.
Leaders don't wait for someone else to come up with a game-plan. They see what needs to be done before anyone else tells them, and they execute accordingly. Sometimes this means knowing when and how to delegate tasks. Being a great leader doesn't mean being the best player on the team. It means being the best coach. You have to know everyone's strengths and weaknesses, including your own, and figure out how to achieve the desired results with the team you have.
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