Qualities of Great Leaders
Starting a company, running a business, or becoming an entrepreneur is thrilling, challenging, and daunting in equal measure. You will require a number of different skills – confidence, assertiveness, eloquence, to name but a few. Something you will undoubtedly have to possess though are strong leadership skills. Below, you’ll find qualities and attributes that make a great leader, so you can refine your leadership before getting thrown in at the deep end.
This one might seem obvious, but it’s important to bear in mind and be aware of how you present yourself. Though a good quality of any leader is the ability to admit when you are wrong, being indecisive in the run-up to making a decision can cause a lack of confidence in your abilities as a leader. Think long and hard before you make a decision and, of course, consult your stakeholders and a few people whose opinion you can really trust but, ultimately, the decision comes down to you and you should stand by the path you choose.
Delegation and Empowerment
We all know about delegation – you can’t do everything yourself and the most successful and powerful leaders know how to divide tasks and give employees and subordinates a shared responsibility for the success of the company. But the best leaders also know how to do this in a way which motivates and empowers their employees. Don’t micromanage and spend your time hovering over your employees’ shoulders – trust them to complete the task to a high standard. After all, you employed them!
It’s disheartening when an idea doesn’t work out, when the stocks plummet, or when a costly mistake gets made. Everyone starting a business or working in a top-level position is all too familiar with that sinking feeling of despair. But something you almost certainly already have in your toolkit, especially if you’ve worked your way from the ground up, is resilience. The ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and continue. One of the hardest things you can do is to retain the ability and the motivation to move on from a failure, but it’s a skill you’ve proved time and time again just to get to where you are today, so don’t forget how resilient you already are.
It’s all about clarity. Don’t waffle, get to the point. Be aware that your team listen carefully to what you say. An off-hand remark for you is something an employee will go home and dwell on for days, so remember your words have power and the more senior your position, the more weight your words carry. There’s nothing wrong with having a joke with your subordinates but be selective about when and where. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. If a pay-rise has to be signed off by the board, don’t even hint at it before it’s absolutely set in stone.
It’s 2020. Utilize technology – you can listen to a leadership podcast, as well as looking online for tips and tricks to make you a strong leader. Empathy, communication, and support are all excellent traits. Remember as well, you wouldn’t be where you are if you aren’t already a great leader.
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