Becoming a leader within an organization is more than just a title. It is not being the head of, or someone whom others are obliged to follow. It is privilege you earn as and only when you deserve.
The right to lead involves the bond between the leader and those who are inspired, motivated, and moved by this leader. This bond develops a voluntarily action that presents itself by followers as a submit to the control of the leader in order to be influenced and therefore direct their actions towards a collective objective, set by this leader.
Reflecting back on their careers, many leaders often find that their paths to leadership were the results of several incremental incidents which earned them their right to lead. These are moments which not only defined the relationship between the leader and his or her followers, but additionally characterized the leader in his or her own capacity to lead.
Whiles there are a number of leadership styles, the best leaders share some common traits. In the rest of the content, I have elaborated some of these traits and how it can contribute to the creation of a great leader.
To be a great leader in your organization, you will need to be authentic. Trying to be a poor imitation of someone you admire or playing the part of a great leader can be exhausting and distracting. It can hamper you and more importantly the entire organization. It is difficult to gain the approval of your followers as you would always be compared to someone - which will make you seem smaller and less competent in the eyes of your followers. You must reflect your own leadership skills and capabilities and use it effectively to achieve the goals of your organization.
Good leaders know themselves. They know where they have been and how their experiences have shaped their identity. Today’s environment calls for visionary leaders who have a firm knowledge of themselves and that can translate into authentic forward-focused action.
Take time to learn about yourself. Understand your life experiences and how they have shaped your leadership style. This will go a long way in changing how you lead your employees. Knowing what your shortcomings are, and recognizing them will also help you become a better leader by improving these skills, through proper coaching and development.
Being an exceptional leader is more than getting the job done. In leadership, it is the leader’s emotional and interpersonal strengths that are tested. A good leader needs to be resilient. You must be able to regulate your feelings and behave appropriately even in the most stressful situations. You’ve got to balance your team’s need with your goals and objectives as well as your emotions. You can do this by taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, environment, and the way you deal with problems.
Being inclusive in leadership is critical. Leadership should be collaborative and participatory so everybody has a voice and something to offer. Good leaders understand that the key to their success is how they manage their workers or the people around them.
A high performing team is an inclusive one. A leader may make the ultimate decision but the best solution is found when a leader is equipped with many alternatives to choose from.
Demonstrate a willingness to listen and be receptive to new ideas. Find ways to work effectively through other people in order to get the job done. Trust your workers with responsibilities. Understand the capabilities of your workers and assign the right people to the right tasks. This will help you to focus well on the overall objective of the organization.
You need to demonstrate personal commitment and serve your employees. You should care about them, and be committed to their success.
The ultimate test of a leader is not whether he or she makes smart decisions and takes decisive action, but whether he or she teaches and builds others to be leaders. You must seek to build an organization that can sustain its success when you are not present. It is the duty of every leader to identify those who are potential leaders and give them the opportunity and confidence to be able to move forward. True leadership focuses attention on developing talent in the rest of the team and helps them to take on more responsibilities.
As a good leader, you must have character and integrity. Seek respect even if you are not popular. You must be credible and seek to demonstrate transparency as a leader. You must consistently do things you say you would do at least fulfill your promises and achieve your goals. Being able to achieve your goals consistently helps to build credibility for yourself as a leader and for the entire organization. Reaching a leadership style that inspires trust among employees requires awareness and practice.
Hone Your Capabilities
There are very few people who are natural leaders. Leadership is something that many have to work at in improving consistently. You simply cannot do this with the flick of a switch.
In order to be a successful leader, you should be competent or must have the necessary skills and ability to deliver or work successfully. One of the ways to stay competent is to keep honing your skills and capabilities. Honing and expanding ones capabilities helps you to deliver results consistently hence making you a solid leader. Great leaders continue to improve their leadership skills and capabilities by continuing to learn.
As a leader you should always try to update your skills and knowledge to be current. Leaders who do not learn or continue to hone their capabilities get left behind.
How Executive Coaching Can Help
You know your leadership style could improve, but the latest bestsellers and motivational speakers aren’t providing the guidance you need. With executive coaching, you will be able to identify your leadership style and how you can use it to achieve the goals of your organization.
As an executive coach, I can help you understand yourself and your limitations- I will also help you identify your capabilities and ways you can use it effectively in achieving the goals of your organization. Also, feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss more about how executive coaching might be of help to you or a leader in your organization.