Successful leaders are the brain behind their organization’s overall strength and achievements. They are the mastermind, charged with great control over their brand around pitfalls. They easily realize when to grab opportunities and how to mobilize employees to give their best towards their company’s goal achievement.
It may appear that some people are simply talented in leadership skills, but the fact is most leadership attributes can be learned and improved with time and exercise. Effective leaders are good at finding a way to attain the right mix of charisma, enthusiasm, and self-confidence, perhaps with a solid amount of luck and timing.
No matter how you may think you acquired your leadership skills, there is always some scope to improve your abilities. Here is a compilation of 10 must-have qualities that every upcoming leader needs to work on.
Self-Management Skill: It’s difficult to manage others efficiently when you are incapable of managing yourself. Self-managing implies being able to rank your ambitions and being accountable for accomplishing those aspirations. As a great leader, you must be capable of adjusting your time, focus and emotions, while staying conscious of your strengths, weaknesses and prospective sources of bias.
Exceptional leaders are expert at managing stress and maintaining a balance between their personal and professional lives. But you must also be mindful of the value of compassion and be able to react to people and events in a proper way. You should know how to exercise self-control and discipline in your behavior, though you should refrain from becoming excessive reserved or inflexible.
Strategic Plan of Action: A forward-thinking, broad-minded approach is essential for today’s leaders. Thinking strategically is a continuous process that involves judging your business environment. You can inculcate strategic thinking by:
Having genuine interest and curiosity in your company affairs and broader business environment.
Having flexibility in your outlook and attempt to explore new approaches and ideas.
Having focus on progressive thinking about your company’s functional aspects.
Keeping a positive mindset.
Effective Communication: Great leaders know when to speak and when to listen. They are strong communicators and are capable of distinctly and concisely transmitting information on topics ranging from company goals to specific tasks to their employees. If people can’t comprehend or aren’t conscious of your expectations, they will fail to deliver, so it’s better to be more precise.
You need to be efficient in communicating on all levels and modes like phone, email and social media. Communication is developed on a regular flow of verbal and nonverbal transactions of ideas and information, so try to be approachable and engage people from different levels.
Accountability and Responsibility: Successful managers are aware of proper utilization of power and authority without provoking or suppressing employees. Great leaders hold themselves responsible and take ownership of their own errors, and they expect others to do likewise. They can function within set procedures, and be successful and efficient in their judgments.
They recognize the importance of backing and encouraging personal identity while also knowing organizational structures and the requirement to abide by rules and policies. They are capable of balancing diverse perspectives while taking appropriate action.
Persistent Goal Setting & Achievement: Great leaders are expert at setting clear goals for themselves and the company and are resolute and earnest in achieving them through their unshakable self-confidence. If you emit enthusiasm and are really charged-up regarding what you’re doing, you will naturally draw people towards you.
Remember that penning down your goals is key to the achievements of both you and your organization. But achieving those goals can be time taking. To be a great leader, you mustn’t ever give up and be ready to march forward when others feel the urge to give up.
Vision for the Future: Being a visionary refers to dealing with change while maintaining a balance between firmness and growth. As a visionary, you will understand that ongoing change is happening everywhere, so what worked previously may not be effective forever. You must integrate new approaches without getting distracted from the primary goals.
Extraordinary leaders are intuitive about their company’s future and create clear, tangible goals that will payback their organization. Practice being flexible and proactive as you apply new strategies and let your business model develop over time.
Complexity Management: Leaders must possess such problem-solving skills that can enable them to make decisions under pressure that may, at times, involve rapidly shifting circumstances. Knowledge to lead in a complicated environment is a critical skill for any leader. Even without having a definitive clue, effective leaders must evaluate a situation’s complexity and select appropriate courses of action. This requires not only superior analytical skills but also more than average people skills.
Great leaders are capable of studying the surroundings to discover subtle trends and signals of turbulent change and set up practices that permit your organization to react quickly.
Creativity and Innovation: Great leaders must possess the courage to take chances in order to encourage creativity through experimentation. This will prove to be beneficial in promoting the innovation that will lead your organization to new milestones while moving in the dynamic business landscape.
The key is to be persistent in following your goals, and broad-minded and adaptable in how you reach there. Encourage the individuals around you to invest some of their time in searching new ways through brainstorming and prototyping.
Encouragement for Teamwork: The people around you form the backbone of successful leadership. Team building is necessary to lead a different and unique category of people with clear-cut personalities, motivations, and skills.
Powerful teams and teamwork play a key role in achieving several things already on this list, like creativity and innovation, effective communication and persistent goal setting & achievement. If you hire and nurture the right team, you will be forming an invincible force that will propel your organization’s success.
Forming Lasting Relationships: Powerful leaders not only inspire others to succeed but are capable of motivating their employees to sincerely reach out for their company’s goals. Employees who feel appreciated, and considered as an important part of the company, will push the limits to attain success for their company.
Outstanding leaders also realize that they should be effective at networking, not only to boost their own careers but for the welfare of their organization. By forming a huge and diverse network of people, leaders set up effective relationships with everyone involved.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there. ~ John P. Kotter
“Communication is one of the most important skills you require for a successful life.” ~ Catherine Pulsifer
“Accountability breeds response-ability.” ~ Stephen Covey
“Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it. That’s purpose. And that’s the key to achieving something truly transformational.” ~ Marillyn Hewson
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” ~ Warren Bennis
“My goal is to simplify complexity. I just want to build stuff that really simplifies our base human interaction.” ~ Jack Dorsey
“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.” ~ Margaret Heffernan
“You put together the best team that you can with the players you’ve got, and replace those who aren’t good enough.” ~ Robert Crandall
“Our business is about technology, yes. But it’s also about operations and customer relationships.” ~ Michael Dell
Amit Prasad is the founder and managing director of SatNav Technologies and has business interests in a wide range of IT products. SatNav Technologies is an IT products company focusing on cloud based map data products and a pioneer in GPS, FMS & LBS Technologies. The product suite includes SatTracx in-the-field location based solutions and A-mantra in-the-office facilities management solutions. QuickFMS from a-mantra is a cloud based facility management system which enhances organization’s efficiency.