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Leaders must be able to empower others and foster a sense of trust and loyalty. By doing so, a leader is able to inspire their team to accomplish many amazing things. A leader is said to have various leadership qualities, but what are these qualities? With these eight essential qualities that define great leadership you can be a leader, too.
1. Sincere enthusiasm
True enthusiasm for a goal, business, product, or mission cannot be faked. Genuine passion in a leader is contagious and motivating for others. Additionally, being enthusiastic helps a leader in identifying existing key problems within the organization.
A great leader always exhibits integrity whether by giving proper credit for accomplishments, acknowledging mistakes, or putting safety and quality first. They do what is right at all times. Leaders that lack integrity, lose trust.
3. Great communication skills
In order to motivate, instruct, and discipline the people they are in charge of, leaders must have communication skills. Poor communication can lead to poor outcomes. It is important to remember that listening is also an integral part of communication.
True loyalty is reciprocal. Therefore, leaders must express loyalty to their team members. They can do so by ensuring that all team members have training and resources needed and by standing up for team members in a crisis or conflict.
A good leader is not empowered to make decisions simply because of their position. Additionally, decision making involves risks. Therefore, a leader makes decisions knowing they will be held accountable first and foremost even if things don’t work out. Indecisive leaders are often ineffective.
6. Managerial competence
Many organizations try to create leaders from people who are good at their jobs. However, being good at one’s job does not prove that someone possesses the managerial competencies needed to inspire, motivate, mentor, and direct.
A good leader has faith in their ability to train and develop the people under them. By entrusting team members to handle challenges, team members are empowered and are more likely to make decisions in the best interest of the organization.
People are more likely to follow those that they like. Therefore, the best leaders are well-spoken, approachable, friendly, and sincere in caring for others.
Each of these qualities is essential for great leadership. Without these characteristics, a leader cannot live up to their potential and neither can their team members.
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