• Prasanthi Naidoo

3 Traits of a Good Leader

It takes a special type of individual to be a leader. Being a business owner doesn’t necessarily make you the leader type. It simply means you own a business. Owning and operating a successful business, however, requires you to be a people person. Whether you like it or not, it’s your ability to give trust and gain respect of others that will truly help your brand to grow and achieve great success. Engaging people to follow and support the organization’s goals – that’s what it takes to be a leader.

The strongest leaders are those who have the most loyal followers. You’ll know you’re fulfilling your leadership role well if the people who work for you are engaged and want to come in to work, put in diligent efforts to perform at their best and – best of all – tell others about how great it is to work for your company. Do you have the traits of a good leader?

Effective communication skills.

It’s one thing to be able to articulate your point of view. It’s another to hold your audience captive. Do you have the ability to draw and keep the attention of your listeners at your morning meetings? Do your words resonate and actually prove to be motivational? Do you listen to the concerns and needs of your employees? As you may have guessed, answers in the positive help to define a great leader.

“Powerful leaders know when to talk and when to listen,” says Deep Patel on Forbes.com, “They are effective communicators and are able to clearly and succinctly explain to their employees everything from organizational goals to specific tasks. If people don’t understand or aren’t aware of your expectations, they will fall short, so the more specific you can be, the better.”

Unmatched enthusiasm.

Who will believe in your mission if you don’t? The “leading by example” element of your approach to business is an absolute must in order to be a great leader. Each day, it is incumbent upon you to approach your job with a vibrant and energetic mind set. It will be contagious throughout your office. As Bill Green insists on Inc.com, if you want people to follow you, you have to lead with enthusiasm.

“No employee will want to work for someone who doesn’t embody the same characteristics they’re being told to have and hone themselves,” he writes, “And no leadership team will want to pour blood, sweat, and tears into a business that is run by someone less enthusiastic. As a leader, it’s your job–not to tell, but to show–those around you what enthusiasm and a true commitment to greatness looks like on a daily basis.”

Takes ownership of outcomes.

Nobody’s perfect. Your employees know that. You need to as well. Don’t be put off by the fact that you may have messed up. A mistake, in fact, is an excellent opportunity to show how great of a leader you are. Owning up to your mistakes, learning from them and improving upon your ability to run your company all make for great ways to show top-notch leadership.

“Successful managers know how to use power and authority appropriately without overwhelming or overpowering employees,” writes Patel, “Effective leaders hold themselves accountable and take responsibility for their own mistakes—and they expect others to do the same. They can work within established procedures, and be productive and efficient in their decisions.”

For more expert advice on how to be a great leader, contact Hire Value Inc. today at (403) 978-3827 or visit our website at www.hirevalueinc.com.

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