3 Qualities of the Most Effective Leaders
If you aspire to become an inspirational and effective leader, you must develop continuously work on yourself and improve your management skills. No one starts off as an effective leader, but you can aspire to improve your skills by learning what leaders do, and how they think and feel, and then by copying them until you become one yourself. I’ll discuss with you some qualities of successful leaders you can focus on to strengthen your leadership skills.
Effective Leaders Focus on Strengths
The first quality of effective leadership is the ability to focuses on strengths. They focus on the strengths in themselves and on the strengths in others. The fact of the matter is that strong people have far more weaknesses than they have strengths. You can never achieve greatness by compensating for your weaknesses. But you can become an outstanding person by identifying your areas of great potential strength and by then focusing all of your energies on becoming outstanding in those few areas.
A Leader is a Role Model
Another important quality of an effective leader is to be a role model, to be the kind of person that everyone else looks up to and wants to be like. Effective leaders carry themselves at all times, even when no one is watching, as if everyone was watching.
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Leaders live in a goldfish bowl. Everyone is watching the individual in the leadership role. They are very aware of the impact of their words and gestures on the people around them. You must always be sensitive to the fact that everything you say or do is magnified times the people who report to you or look up to you for guidance. A positive remark from you to someone over whom you exert influence or control has inordinately positive effects. A negative remark or criticism has inordinately negative effects. Choose your words and your behavior with care.
Effective Leadership Requires Trust and Integrity
A third and perhaps the most important and respected leadership quality is integrity. It is the most required and most admired quality of all people, but especially of the effective leader.
Trust is the quality that binds all relationships together. The willingness and ability to trust the people that you look up and report to is absolutely essential to your ability to perform at your very best. Sometimes, people come up to me at my seminars and tell me that they like their jobs but they don’t particularly like their bosses. I tell them, over and over, that one of the most important things you do, if you want to be successful at work, is to choose your boss with care. I have seen very few occasions where a person has been successful under a negative or dishonest boss with poor management skills. In most cases, you are wasting your life and your career by staying in a situation with a negative or untrustworthy person because the situation has no future.
Practice these qualities of the most successful and effective leaders to hone your skills for leadership success. Only by continuously improving on your skills will you gain the respect and admiration that you deserve.
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