8 Qualities of Strong Leadership
There are eight qualities I consider essential to strong and successful leadership. So what are they?
There are eight qualities I consider essential to strong and successful leadership:
This will go a long way. A positive attitude, especially from top management, can set a tone and signal others to be more positive—and, in turn, productive. It’s easy to tell how a business is treating its employees, because it’s all in their attitude.
As a leader, you yourself should be optimistic. When you’re optimistic about yourself and what you’re doing as well as how other people are performing, you’re much more likely to inspire others to be their best.
Remember that positivity is contagious, and it’s a vital part of being a strong leader.
There’s no such thing as hemming and hawing around if you want to be an affective leader. The ability to make difficult decisions based on the facts and circumstances is an important quality for effective leadership. You should be able to lean on both your reason and intuition without waffling.
As a good leader, you should have complete faith in your team. With trust comes delegating tasks. A confident leader is not afraid to let others handle the workload, and they know they can trust their team to get the job done. If you’ve ever been in a workplace where you’ve felt micro-managed, it’s likely because your supervisor wasn’t confident. It is less confident leaders who are wary of delegating and feel that they need to control everything. If you have confidence in your people (as you should), they will show you how competent they are.
You Have Integrity
Everyone wants to be led by a leader who shows integrity. If others are following your lead, it’s critical that you are a good example. You should model integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, and accountability in everything you do.
This is so crucial in today’s workspace. Listening is a skill, and it’s not one that everyone has. However, everyone in every position, at every level—and especially those in leadership—should be proficient in and practice daily. Allowing a platform for others to speak and be heard is among the hallmarks of good leadership.
You Have Humility
There’s no ego. There’s no power trip. Humble leaders know that even though they are in charge, the contributions of others are equally important. Good leaders also understand that admitting mistakes is not a sign of weakness, but a healthy demonstration of strength. When you incorporate humility (and even humor) into your leadership, you’re on the path to building a strong, team that collaborates and communicates well.
There’s nothing worse than a team that’s afraid to approach you. Leadership is a privilege, and it’s not to be abused. Again, if you have an ego, get that in check. In order to be truly effective as a leader, you need to be accessible and approachable. People should always feel that the channels of communication are open and be comfortable sharing both good and bad news. Make sure you keep yourself available and responsive to the needs of those you lead.
You Can Motivate
One of the most difficult jobs for a leader can be motivating others. The best way to master the art of motivation is by setting a good example yourself. Believe in your company and believe in who you’re working with. Try to remain positive, and lead with high standards and steady action.
Take these qualities, cultivate any elements you may be lacking, and get ready to lead with greatness.