Leadership

What Makes a Great Leader?

It’s an age-old debate that has spurred many discussions. Are leaders born or are they created? Can you learn to become a leader or is it a natural ability that not many people are graced with. The truth of the matter is that what makes a good leader is subjective. What one person finds appealing in a leader, another will be put off by. The divisive opinions regarding leadership cannot be denied but what can be discussed is a few key traits that any successful leader possesses. The characteristics that make them a leader in the first place. The commanding qualities that allow others to take instruction with no hesitation. Have a look at a few things that are consistent in all great leaders and ask yourself if the skills below are something that you value in a leader.

 

The Ability to Inspire

Great leaders don’t manage; they inspire those around them. They do this by acting authentically without putting on an act. The do so by operating based on their values and core beliefs. You can order someone to work hard and to do the right thing, or you can inspire others to trust you, through your own actions. This is how true leaders thrive and get the most out of those around them. Acknowledging the work that everyone has dedicated and commending the team on each of their efforts goes a long way. It is the leader’s job to keep spirits up, and that begins with an appreciation for the hard work.

Leadership Skills

High Levels of Motivation

Great leaders motivate people to do their best and to be their best. They achieve this through inspiration, knowledge, and by rewarding. It’s not enough to tell people to do a good job, it will soon wear thin and fall on deaf ears. It’s more important to lead by example, to share knowledge, so others might use it. Rewarding people who do well to let them know that they’re valued and that they have achieved what you expected of them. The aim should be to keep your team motivated towards their continued and keep the energy levels up. Whether that means providing snacks, coffee or even just an occasional beer in the office, remember that everyone on your team is a person. Keep the office mood a fine balance between productivity and a place where people don’t mind spending their time.

 

Not Afraid of Conviction

True leaders operate with conviction, even if their choices are unpopular. They do what they think is right, even if it’s risky. This means making difficult decisions that they feel is right and beneficial to all parties. This is often confused with being stubborn which couldn’t be further from the truth. A great leader analyses the situation and make a judgement based on their knowledge and sticks to it. They are not afraid of taking risks and are aware of the rewards as well as the consequences. If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality results, you’re going to need to lead by example. There is no greater motivation than seeing the boss make bold decisions that pay off.