Qualities and role of leaders
There are seven specific qualities of good leaders that stand out as contributing to their greatness.
The good news is that each of these leadership attributes, characteristics, and traits can be learned through practice and repetition.
Adaptability of style is an increasingly significant aspect of leadership because the world is increasingly complex and dynamic. Adaptability stems from objectivity, which in turn stems from emotional security and emotional maturity.
Always adapt to new surroundings, and different types of followers or teams. Take into account the level of risk, how much effort you and the team need to contribute. This is also known as situational or contingency leadership.
Delegating tasks to the appropriate person or department is an important skill for any leader to master. Trusting your team with your idea is a sign of ultimate strength, not weakness and will enable your company to develop by creating a circle of trust.
Capitalise on the strength of others. Give responsibility to your team. Prioritise your own tasks.
Although the goals you have for your company may seem obvious in your mind, you need to communicate these ideals clearly and concisely. If you can’t, then collectively, you and your team will not be working towards the same goal.
Be an approachable leader with an open door policy. Be specific, eliminate jargon. Listen.
There will be constant stream of threats towards your organisation, whether that might be new industry standards and training, new technologies or even a new competitor determined to drive away your customers, but it’s important not to panic.
Show your confidence, particularly in your team, and they will follow suit.
Determination and motivation go hand in hand and what better way to motivate than to actively get involved alongside your team. By doing so, you demonstrate your own commitment to your organisation and your excitement for the collaborative efforts of the team.
This will encourages others to do the same. Earn the respect of your team. Reward them for their efforts. Boost determination with your own determination.
Accepting and facing challenges head on is a large part of leadership, meaning that intuition is a key skill to master. There may be times when there is no clear route to take, especially when the stakes are high. Find the energy to remain calm so that this is reflected in your team and use your knowledge and integrity to develop a strategic plan of action. Trust your intuition when determining the best course of action. Take your team through the process. Communicate your decisions.
The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of performance and success is a skill that leaders need.Many senior leaders expect that employees/subjects will follow them because of their title, their company ownership, or their place in the organization’s hierarchy. However, good leaders should allow their subjects good traits and skills to nourish and flourish.
Ways in which leadership can be developed
How leaders help others gain freedom
- Fight for what you believe in. Fortunately, in today’s world actual fighting and wars occur far less than in century’s past. However, beliefs and ideologies, which would restrain progress, seem to be growing ever more prevalent. To continue enjoying the freedoms we hold dear, we need to stand up and be heard. Look for ways you can join the fight for freedom in the 21st century. The Founders knew this and established a governing system where individual voices mattered.
- Work together for independence. Working with and trusting others is important. The more we give of ourselves and willingly help others, the more success we achieve for ourselves. Look for ways you can build up your team and help others around you. The Founding Fathers worked to shore up the confidence of the people. They inspired them to a cause greater than themselves.
- Don’t give up. Perseverance is the key to success. As you continue to work and fight for your pursuits you will succeed. The Founders fought through times and difficulties hard to imagine in today’s world. They had a vision and they never gave up.
- Communicate a powerful visionFor people to truly commit to a goal, they need to know the “why” of the work. They want to know that their efforts matter, and that there’s a bigger purpose to what they’re spending many of their waking hours doing.
- Build alliances via strategic networkingBeing invisible isn’t really an option for leaders who are looking to effect change. To lead is to influence, to gain buy-in, to win support for change efforts and innovative ideas, and to do so from a multitude of stakeholders both internal and external to an organization.
- Lead responsively.
There’s no point offering a solution that people don’t need. Since establishing Project Maji, Lalvani and his team have kept in close touch with the communities they serve.