As I had mentioned from the previous post I would highlight some basic characteristics of a leader. These traits are what I personally think make good leaders.
Before we dive in, I think it’s really important that we talk about the “self” first. In general, if you want to help others you have first learn to help yourself first. This may apply for many different cases whether it’s supporting others or even loving a significant other, you have to start from within (yourself) and work towards the external (others). I think this is key because it’s very important that leaders know who they are and know what they want. Not only that, but also having a high self-esteem, sense of self-efficacy, moderate self-regulation, and the list goes on and on. Really, in the end the most effective leaders are those who are comfortable and have come to accept themselves as a whole. They are the ones who take out time daily to better improve themselves.
Confidence is one of the most important traits a person can have in general, not just in leadership. Confidence is important because it breaks down the barriers and fears that tend to hold us back. I can sit here all day and talk about the importance of confidence, but that would be irrelevant. I stress the importance of confidence for leadership because I believe it is an essential quality for a leader to have. Self-confidence gets rid of most insecurities, fears, and negativity. With confidence, leaders are able to execute tasks more efficiently and create a stable environment. I can’t emphasize how important confidence is when it comes to leadership. This blog post (The Role Confidence Plays in Leadership) I found online does a great job of highlighting the connections between leadership and confidence. Check it out!
It’s important for an effective leader to have great communication skills. It doesn’t matter if it’s public speaking, interpersonal communication, or simply expressing ideas. Communication is crucial when leading. I say this because there are two basic principles to communicating: talking and listening. Almost every second of being a leader requires talking. Whether you’re giving a speech or just getting to know your colleagues, it doesn’t matter. To branch off of that, it’s important that as a leader you practice your public speaking. In almost every leadership role you will have to, almost, always speak in public. It can range from giving a presentation, talking to your members for a meeting, or welcoming guests to an event. All of those require some degree of public speaking skills. To continue, as important as talking may be, I would have to say that listening is twice as important. It’s important that you listen to what people have to say and not just “hear” what they say. As a leader it’s important that you create a loyal and trusting environment for your followers. By talking, engaging, and listening to your followers you are able to create that environment yourself. Listening and meeting their needs is one of the most important tasks as a leader. To sum things up, I’m sharing two awesome blog posts from Forbes that talk about communicating and listening. Indeed very useful and I would highly recommend you to check it out. Communicating. Listening.
Now these are just three basic qualities and tips that I wanted to start with. From my experiences these are the three qualities that I have worked on most and have become quite familiar with. There are a zillion other characteristics and abilities that require you to be an effective leader, but you can only acquire so many. What makes leadership so awesome and fascinating is that every leader is different and they choose to have different qualities and abilities. As you start or continue your leadership journey I encourage you to consider the unique qualities and attributes you would like and acquire in order to become your own individual leader. In closing, I would like to share a quote that represents a leadership quality that I value.
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasow