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Characteristics of a Good Leader
What Defines a Good Leader?
Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.
ABILITY TO DELEGATE
Trusting your team with your idea is a sign of strength, not weakness. Delegating tasks to the appropriate departments is one of the most important skills you can develop.
Being able to clearly and succinctly describe what you want done is extremely important. If you can't relate your vision to your team, you won't all be working towards the same goal.
SENSE OF HUMOR
If you are constantly learning to find the humor in the struggles, your work environment will become a happy and healthy space, where your employees look forward to working in.
Assure everyone that setbacks are natural and the important thing is to focus on the larger goal. By staying calm and confident you will help keep the team feeling the same.
If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality content, you're going to need to lead by example.
Keep your team motivated towards the continues success of the company, and keep the energy levels up.
It is during these critical situations that your team will look to you for guidance and you may be forced to make a quick decision. It is important to learn to think outside the box.
ABILITY TO INSPIRE
Being able to inspire your team is great for focusing on the future goals. It is your job to keep spirits up, and that beings with an appreciation for the hard work.
When leading a team through uncharted waters, there is no roadmap on what to do. Everything is uncertain, and the higher the risk, the higher the pressure.
Are YOU an Effective Leader?
YOU are a connector
YOU are a level-headed strategist
YOU learn from your mistakes
"If you do not see these signs in yourself, fear not-
It is all about getting yourself in a better frame of mind and looking at the bigger picture to get you over the neurological hurdles that hold you back from being a good leader."
-Andrew Graham, President & CEO Forum Corp.
How can you become a Better Leader?
"No one is a born leader - everyone can develop leadership skills and everyone can benefit from using them."
Improve communication effectiveness
Improve ability to motivate
Develop a broader perspective
Recognize when a change is needed
Set a good example
Encourage cooperation over competition
Share knowledge and expertise
Leadership - by the Numbers
$1,228 amount companies spend per employee per year on learning and development
1 25 50 75 100
56% of corporate leaders that predict shortages in executive-level leadership
64% of executives are focusing on speeding up leadership development process at their organization
44% of companies expect to increase total spending on leadership development in 2012