Are You An Amazing Leader?
There is a big difference between being a really amazing leader to simply being a good one. Which are you? Of the following ten traits which come naturally to you?
Being an effective leader is not natural for most people. Most people do not normally wish to have a leader or do they wish to be one. However everyone is keen to follow good leaders. The quality of an organisation is very much dependent on the quality of the leadership. How do your leadership qualities compare with the following 10 traits?
1. Good Leaders demonstrate control and get things done.
Amazing Leaders understand that efficiency can be the enemy of efficacy eventually; therefore they work to create an atmosphere of dialogue and expansive thinking. They empower their team with the resources and techniques, to solve big issues with big ideas instead of band-aiding them.
2. Good Leaders inspire creative thinking.
Amazing Leaders know how to integrate creativity into daily conversation and procedures so that every employee feels natural about being creative and facilitating productive creativity when interacting with others in the company.
3. Good Leaders create a sense of community, making everyone feel important.
Amazing Leaders create an internal culture by design rather than default, insuring they attract the right people to get on the bus and then get them in the right seats. They also make sure that the wrong people never get on the bus, or if they do, they get off quickly.
4. Good Leaders establish an open environment for voicing frustration and concern.
Amazing Leaders establish an environment that empowers people to make changes to improve process, procedures and products. Open communication is integrated to the point where the expression of genuine concerns is expected, required and desired by everyone involved to achieve the highest levels of team performance.
5. Good Leaders run effective and efficient meetings.
Amazing Leaders insure that all team members understand the difference between a effective meeting and a waste of time and resources. They educate the team on facilitation techniques and give each person practice at structuring and leading effective meetings with quality feedback after the meeting.
6. Good Leaders establish trust so participants feel safe.
Amazing Leaders encourage constant interaction and high performance within the team so they succeed or fail together, creating tight bonds of loyalty to the organisation and each other. Successes are met with equal high praise and rewards, while failures are met with encouraging acceptance and reflective learning discussion.
7. Good Leaders generate a happy workplace.
Amazing Leaders constantly seek and execute ways to help employees gain deep personal satisfaction from their responsibilities so they are inspired and excited to come to work and perform well every day.
8. Good Leaders encourage career development.
Amazing Leaders integrate individual learning and development into every job description so that personal growth is required and rewarded. They know organisations that do this thrive thanks to new leaders rising from the inside. They make sure the organisation gives time and dollars toward personal growth so that everyone shares reasonable expectations of commitment and success.
9. Good Leaders make sure people are responsible for their roles and actions.
Amazing Leaders promote personal accountability by providing clear communication and buy-in as to the culture, vision, and goals for the organisation. They know how to effectively and efficiently ensure the team is aligned, communicate in rhythm, and measure progress so they can adjust quickly with minimal risk.
10. Good Leaders know how to praise and show gratitude.
Amazing Leaders know how to instill a deep sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment in individual team members. They help employees develop a strong sense of self-confidence and self-praise that outweighs any pat-on-the-back or award provided.