No matter what type of organization or industry you’re in, you can develop powerful habits to become a more effective leader, inspiring your people to give their very best every day of the week. Enjoy this guest post–
By Peter Economy
A lot of time, energy and money has been spent in
the study of leadership. Even with all the
studies, there is still little agreement as to
what good leadership really is. James MacGregor
Burns, once famously wrote, “Leadership is one of
the most observed, and least understood phenomena
People know and feel leadership when it is
present. Some people are born to be leaders and
others learn it over time.
There is one fact that remains constant in
leadership — there are certain traits that great
leaders have in common that anyone can develop and
use. Here are 7 of those top leader traits:
1. Have confidence.
Highly effective leaders know deep down inside
that they and their team can accomplish anything
they set their minds to. Failure is not an option.
Tentative leaders make for tentative employees. If
you’re confident, your people will be too.
In any organization, knowledge is power, and great
leaders ensure that every employee, from the very
top to the very bottom of the org chart, is
provided with complete and up-to-date information
about the organization’s goals, performance,
successes and failures. To achieve this level of
connection, you should also provide ample channels
for two-way communication between employees and
managers, actively soliciting their ideas for
improvement and rewarding employees for submitting
3. Have integrity.
Research shows that the top thing that employees
want from their leaders is integrity. Be honest,
fair, candid and forthright, and treat everyone in
the same way that you yourself would want to be
4. Be optimistic.
We all want to work with and for people who lift
us up into the clouds instead of dragging us down
into the mud. Make sure to seek out the positives
in your people, helping them overcome their own
feelings of self-doubt and spreading optimism
throughout your organization.
5. Support and facilitate your team.
For people to do their very best work, they need
an organizational environment that supports them
by making it safe to take risks, to tell the
truth, and to speak up … without being punished
for doing so. Support your employees by creating
this kind of environment, and it will facilitate
their progress toward attaining your
6. Inspire action.
Try to paint a vision of the future that inspires
your people to do whatever it takes to get there.
The best leaders also clear away the
organizational roadblocks that constrain
employees’ natural creativity and initiative,
unleashing a tremendous amount of energy in the
7. Be decisive.
One of the most basic duties of any leader is to
make decisions. Highly effective leaders aren’t
afraid to be decisive and to make tough calls
quickly when circumstances require it. Once you
have all the information you need to make an
informed decision, then don’t hesitate–make it.
And once you make a decision, then stick with it
unless there is a particularly compelling reason
for you to change it.
Use this news to enhance success and happiness,