There are leaders and then there are great leaders. You can recognize them in an instant, and now you can figure out how to be a great leader just like them! Here are the top 10 qualities you should foster to be a great leader.
Honesty is crucial when leading a team or business because your ethical standards will be the standard of your team or company. Not only will they be the standard but it is good to raise the bar a little. While showing your honesty through your actions is important, write down your core beliefs and values for the office to see and make them more tangible.
9. Delegation Skills
This could easily also be called “Trust” because when delegating tasks you are giving up a little bit of control and trusting others with your vision. A good way to trust is to identify the strengths of your team members and then assign them tasks where they will excel. Delegation not only shows trust and confidence in your team, but it will give you time to do your job as the leader and focus on your own set of specific tasks.
This covers being well spoken and understandable and open for communication lines to flow. It is important for a leader to be able to explain his or her vision and the tasks they need done to reach it. It is also important to be available to establish those communication lines. Have an open door policy and make it a point to be visible in the office in between tasks.
7. Sense of Humor
Businesses and teams always have their set backs, but it is important as a leader not to panic when these set backs come around the bend. Instead create a team bond that lets you be friends so that you can laugh together when your website crashes or your funding runs out. Since morale is directly linked to productivity it could save the entire operation!
As a leader, your behavior is always setting the standard for your team. It will seem like you are forever putting out fires and trouble-shooting because it is part of your job. If you keep your eye on the end goal of your business and have confidence in what you are doing, it will keep your team from panicking and jumping ship too.