Our last post was listing out qualities in effective leaders. So far, we have focused, passionate, assertive, and decisive.
- An obvious trait that people list in effective leaders is empowering. Leaders who empower others allow people to learn a skill and have confidence in their ability to do it on their own. They have the confidence in building their own skills and the confidence in their abilities to learn. Empowering people is not an easy task. It takes a lot of trust between leader and team. Empowering others shows that you trust them to work on their own and shows an appropriate level of respect. Empowering others also takes a huge weight of a leader’s shoulders because it lets their team know they do not have to go to the leader every time they finish their work to get it check saving both parties time and stress.
- Confidence. This is a pretty obvious trait. If a leader isn’t confident in their own ability, how can they make others feel confident in theirs? Before you can believe in anyone else, you must believe in yourself and your own abilities.
- Effective leaders must have strong communication skills. This is also a pretty obvious trait but a difficult skill to master. Effective communication means dissecting the meaning behind the words. What someone says is not always what they mean and sometimes pieces of the story go missing. Also, when you’re trying to talk to your team about projects, expectations, or have critical conversations, effective communication comes in to stop false information from being heard. Communication is the ability to relay a message as clearly as possible that there is no wiggle room to hear something else. It is also in being confident with being clear and decisive in the message you give.
- Self-aware. Being self-aware means you understand yourself and your feeling. You must consider your own strengths and weaknesses and not be afraid to ask for help or feedback. Doing this can help increase your team’s confidence and trust in you because it will show them you value their thoughts and opinions and they will also know you are working on your faults.
- Humility! Have you ever worked with someone who believes they have the answer for everything even when they have no experience in it? Someone who never asks for advice or when they do they always add on an opinion of their own to ‘make it better’. Did you like working with them? I feel like it’s safe to assume, probably not. Effective leaders are down-to-earth and easy to relate to. Your team must feel comfortable in approaching you and confident you will listen to them.
- Honest. Have you ever been lied to by a superior of a friend? After a while of this happening repeatedly, you tend to lose trust, confidence, and like for them. You can’t trust what they are saying is true which plants a rotten seed in the brain. Nothing is worse that a leader that you can’t trust because it lowers moral and confidence. Effective leaders are open and authentic with their team. They are honest and caring.
To sum up our last two blogs, effective leaders are:
If you are concerned that you are not a master at these traits, do not worry! Again, these are all skills you can improve on over time. Pick a couple you want to focus on and spend 6 weeks just doing exercises on those specific traits. When you feel comfortable and confident in your abilities, move to the next trait.
And remember, Success is not a destination, it’s a lifestyle