Our final segment of this two part series covering some of the most notable characteristics and traits of leaders and those in leadership roles.
If you didn’t have a chance to read the first part of this series, we covered the two following traits: honesty and an ability to be open and communicative. To round out the series, here are some additional traits that help to characterize, define, and understand what it means to be a leader…
“Do you want to become an inspired leader in 2017—one who makes a big difference in your team, your organization, and society? A good place to start is to review the qualities and practices of exceptional leaders, which have remained the same since the beginning of civilization.”
Top 12 Inspirational Leadership Quotes For 2017 by Panos Mourdoukoutas
- Confidence: No matter what industry you’re in, confidence will help in many ways. First and foremost, people who are confident in themselves and their ideals are generally more motivated through the toughest of times. Even when something doesn’t go as planned, confident leaders have the ability to start from scratch, and not doubt their ability to create something wonderful and new. Confidence in yourself and your business also extends to your employees, too. In effect, good, confident leaders will help to elevate the morale of the entire office if things like if there are setbacks or plans fall through. Staying focused on the larger goal while maintaining the confidence of yourself and everyone around you will go a long way in being successful and leading a team.
- Decisiveness: Making decisions can be difficult, and for those in leadership positions, they could mean the success or failure of a business. But regardless of the decisions that need to be made, leaders will have to make them, and put an extraordinary amount of consideration into them. The best of leaders will make decisions that benefit the company, or help them to reach their ultimate goals, even if it puts them at a brief setback. Leaders will be able to visualize the decisions they intend to make before they make them, and how they will affect the larger company
- Empowerment: As the last trait we will mention, empowerment is a crucial trait of what defines and makes a leader. As their title suggests, leaders are supposed to lead and inspire groups of people and their employees, not put or push them down. Empowerment can come in a number of forms, including what is said to a group or to an individual, or through actions by what they do, a.k.a. “leading by example.”
While there are numerous traits that help to paint the picture of what being a leader looks like, these are just some of the most important few. Leadership development is vital to every organization.