What Makes A Leader Different

29 10 2011

There are many qualities that successful leaders possess. These strong qualities are what separates leaders from the rest.While some traits are inherent within people, the qualities that leaders strive on can be developed. Whether a person is born a leader or develops skills and abilities to become a leader is open for debate. There are some clear characteristics that are found in good leaders. These qualities can be developed or may be naturally part of their personality.

Leaders emerge when they become masters of these seven qualities, among others:

1)   A leader must have a strong character. Honesty is a basic requirement of a good leader. People will be able to lead others if they are trustworthy. Leaders must show their team that they are honest through their actions. When your words match your actions, you will be more effective with motivating your team and achieving your goals.

2)   Leaders are enthusiastic about their work. A team’s response is much more open when they see passion and dedication in their leader. Enthusiasm sets an environment of motivation and inspiration. Leaders with passion towards their work are not afraid to do the dirty and difficult tasks.

3)   A confident leader is able to inspire. In order to lead and set direction, a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Confident leaders instill confidence in others and bring out the best efforts of the team to complete their goals.

4)   A leader is organized. They need to function in a purposeful and organized manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to leaders in times of unfamiliarity and the leader needs to provide security through positive action.

5)   Leaders have low uncertainty avoidance. They are tolerant of ambiguity and remain calm and organized though times of uncertainty. Their flexibility allows them to find effective solutions in varying and unstable environments.

6)   Leaders are focused. A leader is able to think clearly and keep the main goal in focus. A leader can break down complex situations and inspect each aspect closely, as well as see them as a whole. A leader is able to think analytically develop manageable steps to resolve problems.

7)   A leader is committed to success. They are able to maintain high standards and commit their team to excellence. They can raise the level of their team to achieve their goals.

These qualities are the foundation of good leadership. Although these characteristics are naturally found in ones personality, they can all be developed and strengthened. A leader is always committed to strengthening these qualities.

What other qualities do you think leaders possess?

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1 11 2011
Be The Approachable Leader « Zachary Fretz

[…] a leadership position, it is important to be approachable. The leader must be able to communicate effectively […]

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