The 5 Key Qualities That Every Leader Should Have
Think you’ve got what it takes to be an exceptional leader? If you’d like to extend your leadership skills, it’s time to master these 5 vital techniques.
When we think of a leader, various images spring to mind. A limelight-loving business owner or a bossy manager, taking the credit for everyone else’s achievements, perhaps? However, as you probably already know, neither being an attention-seeker or a show-off are signs of a truly great leader. So, just what is it that turns a person into someone that inspires others to follow?
If you’d like to develop your leadership skills, here’s some key qualities that you need to start developing.
The 5 Vital Qualities of Leaders
1. Self-Awareness – A good leader needs to be aware of others, but also of their own behaviour – and how it can affect their team. Focus on managing your emotions in the workplace. Whilst it might be tempting to blow a fuse with an employee, shouting at them in front of everyone is unlikely to generate good results. Good leaders always aim to present a calm, controlled demeanour to their staff.
2. Humbleness – You may be a leader, but you’re still human. As a result, you may make mistakes from time to time, and it’s important to have the ability to admit this to your employees. It’s also vital that you accept criticism and advice from others – it’s only through listening to others that you can improve your own skills.
3. Forward-thinking vision – Every great leader is a dreamer, to one degree or another. However, it’s not enough to simply dream big, you need to have the vision to make your goals a reality. Remember that a good leader always shares their dreams with others, and works as a team when it comes to achieving big things.
4. Dedicated – A leader is always dedicated to what they do, and demonstrates the resilience, determination and commitment required to achieve results. They understand that there may be obstacles and setbacks along the way, but rather than giving up, they work out how to overcome them. They also show the same dedication with their staff – nurturing their natural talents and allowing them to shine in their specific roles.
5. Honest – If your team cannot trust you, then they won’t follow you. Consequentially, you need to lead with openness, integrity and complete honesty. If you’re sincere, your staff will respect you for it, and are more likely to work harder for you.
Train Your Staff to Become Leaders
If you’d like to foster natural leadership qualities in your team, then consider booking a team-building leadership event at Kippure Estate! We’re one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of corporate workshops and events, and we’ll work with you to create a tailored event for your staff. To find out more, simply call us on 01 458 2889.