“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”John Quincy Adams
Leadership is not a born quality, It is a skill that is learned over time. Focus on getting these 8 basic good qualities of leadership right and see yourself emerging as a leader.
Be a man of actions. You will not know until you haven’t done it! So get up and do it but that doesn’t mean you go out there in the dark. No ! Make a strategy, create a plan and execute that plan and always remember to follow your instincts as Steve Jobs said “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Well many people might say being a leader you cannot always be honest with your team but let me be clear and bold to tell you that being honest is counted as one of the most important good leadership qualities. if you are looking for long term relations and visions then trust me “Be honest”.
There must be reasonable transparency in your team. You shouldn’t hesitate to point out the weaknesses of your team members without being rude as discussed in the previous blog on how to achieve results from the team. It might disappoint an individual but give them their own space to realize its importance.
Confident and Bold
As a leader your teammates look forward to you, they draw inspiration from you. How could you expect your team to follow a non-confident leader? A confident leader builds a confident base for his team. Remember my words your team will never follow your vision with pride and interest if they see their leader lacking confidence in himself or his vision.
At various point in your leadership journey, you have to make decisions where your decision might not please everyone in your team, at that the point, the leader has to be bold enough in executing and trusting his decisions.
4 years ago I was working with Mr. Praful Sharma (Head Tech Lead at Raksh) on one of the projects. We worked day and night on that project but on the day of launching the project crashed terribly due to one of my mistakes. That was an embarrassing situation in front of 340 people present in the ceremony. Mr. Sharma came forward and took its responsibility upon himself. I was surprised to see how he took the entire blame and criticism upon himself when he was not the one who did it wrong.
The next day I asked why he took the blame entirely to himself, he answered “Siddhant, I am the technical lead in this company, so if anything that goes wrong in the technicality then I am the person who is accountable, no matter what the circumstances are.”
People often give excuses of the circumstances to dodge accountability.
Help People Improve
Recently the legend MS Dhoni retired from International Cricket. His leadership has set an example for various people across the globe but one thing that I like the most about his leadership skills was how he used to back his players. He helped and backed his teammates. I remember when one of his teammate Rohit Sharma was in his early days in cricket and was not able to perform well in spite of so many chances given to him. Experts were criticizing MS Dhoni on giving so many chances to him but he kept his faith and helped him improve each day. Now Rohit Sharma is one of the best players in the world. A leader should identify which people have to be put efforts in to help them improve and then back them
As a leader, if you have a quality like creativity in your pocket then you’re already one step ahead from others. Creativity gives birth to new ideas, new ways, and increases the productivity of a company. A creative leader can see things in different ways that others can’t see and create a better path for their team.
People often said that wow what a great innovation or what a great business model but behind that, there is a creative leader who has the ability to look at things with a different view.
When you work harder than others, when you bear pain more than others, when you struggle more than others, when you fail more than others but never give up , motivate yourself and always find a new path then you become the leader.
Everyone wants to work with someone who can handle their morale and always support them. The one who inspires you, we all have someone like that in our life who knows our level and inspires us to get our best like Lord Krishna in Mahabharat and Lord Ram in Ramayana.
People don’t want to take risks because of the fear of failure or losing everything haunts them. Let me tell you, in order to get great success, one has to take great risks, you have to come out of your comfort zone because miracles are never done overnight.
As long as you stay in your comfort zone you can’t take necessary decisions, don’t let limited thinking stop you. Not taking a risk is probably the most dangerous thing you could do, if you want tremendous success then don’t try to always play safe.
Open to Criticism (No Ego)
I personally believe that Ego is the greatest enemy of a person and if that person is a leader then this is very destructive.You can’t improve yourself if you can’t tolerate criticism.
Criticism helps you stay focused on the scope of improvement on the other hand ego makes you believe that you are always right and you can’t make any mistakes but the truth is nobody is perfect in this world.
A good leader is one who doesn’t take feedback as ego threats rather take it as an opportunity to make something more valuable.
If you are a leader then many people follow you, listen to you and observe you in that case you have to make sure that what you do and you said must transfer a positive message to others.
I list here some quality communication skills –
- Listening – The most important communication skill for leaders is the ability to listen. Professional listening skills include listening for the message, listening for any emotions behind the message, and considering relevant questions about the message.
- Complimenting – People work for more than pay; they want to be noticed and praised for their work.
- Delegating Tasks Clearly – Think of the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why” and “how” as you explain what needs to be done. Explaining the reason (the “why”) is especially vital, particularly in regard to deadlines.
- Managing Meetings – Its a leader’s duty to take everyone’s views on the topic of meeting because some are introverts and some are afraid to talk.