What Qualities Are A Must On Every Leadership Qualities List?

Everybody absolutely has their own definition of what a true leader actually does. And you may even happen to be the kind of person that has a leadership qualities list so that you can help cultivate these characteristics inside of yourself. So I’m going to take some time right now to share with you what I believe the best leadership qualities are that should be on every single list of this type. So let’s take a quick look at some of those right now.

Self Confidence

The first characteristic that all good leaders must have is self-confidence. If you are going to be a very strong and effective leader then you must have complete confidence in your abilities and you must be able to have complete belief in yourself and everything that you are trying to do. If you do not possess this quality of self-confidence then you really can’t become an effective leader because your followers will see that you don’t believe in yourself so they will naturally not be able to believe in you either.

Control of Emotions

The second major characteristic that I believe absolutely belongs on every list for quality leadership is that the leader must be very aware of themselves and they have to have complete control and mastery of their emotions. You do not want a leader that is constantly flying off the handle because that kind of person is more often than not feared instead of respected. You want somebody who can hold themselves up high and keep cool under pressure because this is the kind of person that commands respect and that is exactly what you want in a really good leader.

Patience

The final characteristic that I believe every leader should have is patience. There are going to be times when all sorts of things start to go wrong and you can either completely flip out and lose your patience or you can calmly work through the issues to help get your team back on track again. Patience is a virtue and it goes a very long way so every leader should definitely cultivate this quality.

These are the three most important traits that I believe belong on every leadership qualities list. They are very important characteristics and they must be mastered in order for anyone to become a truly effective leader.

Are you a compassionate Leader?

By admin / September 18, 2012

In my research to find you great content to share or to write great content, I stumbled upon an article talking about compassion.  In my last post I talked about what I believe to be the greatest “ahha” moment for me as I made the transition from management to leadership (see that article here) I clipped an excerpt from an article that I believe sums it up:

” To become a highly effective leader, you need to go through an important transformation. Bill George, the widely respected former CEO of Medtronic puts it most succinctly, calling it going from “I” to “We.”

This shift is the transformation from “I” to “We.” It is the most important process leaders go through in becoming authentic. How else can they unleash the power of their organizations unless they motivate people to reach their full potential? If our supporters are merely following our lead, then their efforts are limited to our vision and our directions… Only when leaders stop focusing on their personal ego needs are they able to develop other leaders.”

This truly hits the leadership vs. management nail on the head. When you transition from manager to leader you have to start thinking about the “we” and not the “I”

Just thought I would share this interesting tidbit today..

Leadership and Management

By admin / September 15, 2012

What is the difference between leadership and management?

Leadership centers around the people and management is focused on getting the work done.  It is difficult sometimes to make the transition to a leader vs. a manager because most people get promoted into leadership because they are good at being the task master.  This makes the leadership transition much more difficult.

When I started my first job, I was definitely a great task doer.  I was recognized and promoted for the quality of my work and for getting things done on time and within budget.  This led me to becoming a Team Lead of a few software developers.  It quickly became apparent the difference in being the “task doer” to the manager of the “task doers” was not going to be an transition  for me.  But this would prove to be transition #1 for me.

Leadership vs. Management Transition #1: Managing the “Task Doers” vs Being the “Task Doer”

As a manager of people and tasks, I found most of my days to be spent watching timelines and creating timelines of other people’s tasks and reporting that up to my management.  I spent a lot of time preparing things for the task doers and helping them finish and complete the day to day work our team was assigned.  Also, coaching them and mentoring them on the best ways to get the tasks complete.   I was also heavily involved in the “details” of how the work was being done, setting the course and managing the line items.  There wasn’t much vision or things going on outside my work group’s tasks.   These tasks were very short term (6 months or less) and then it was onto the next project or assignment.  So my primary focus was short lived on an individual project or task.  Even if there were multiple assignments, they all had an end date at some point.  Wash, Rinse, and Repeat.

Leadership vs. Management Transition #2:  Managing  the Managers of the “Task Doers” 

My team always completed their work on time and tasks when I was the “Team Lead”…so, what happens I was promoted to a Leader of Managers or Director as they are called.  Which was my next step in the leadership vs. management journey for me.  This leadership transition took a little more getting used to.  Because  I had spent many years being the task doer and now task manager, what was I going to do all day if I wasn’t doing those projects?  Remember earlier when I said that I reported to management on all projects and tasks my team was working on?  Well, now I was the one getting those reports and working with the managers on how they could manage their tasks better.  It was a completely different mindset switch.  The managers now are coming to me for guidance on how to better manage tasks and people and I don’t get involved heavily in the line items anymore but rather just seeing how all the projects fit together and making sure they don’t all collide.  I was starting to see “bigger” picture and more people centered issues.

Leadership vs. Management Transition #3:  Relationships and Vision focus

It took many years for me to stay out the details and break the task doer habit and stop trying to control the way the managers were doing things.  But eventually,  I realized that being a leader isn’t about the tasks that my team has on the plate.  It is more about helping them avoid roadblocks or removing roadblocks for them that might get in the way of their success.  I feel like today I spend most of my time leading them through personnel issues or relationships with other departments.  I try to focus now on making them good managers and leaders so that they can move into their next role.  Coaching and guidance is where I feel that I spent most of time.  I have a vision for each individual based on knowing their strengths and weaknesses and my focus is more on getting the people what they need.  Occasionally I do drift back into the details, but mostly when things go in the ditch and need some “attention” pulling them back out.

Leadership vs. Management Transition #4:  The greatest transition of all is the satisfaction of seeing other people succeed..

The best part of the move to leadership vs. management is watching the people around you grow into their next step.  Or spread their wings because you have helped them evolve.  Knowing that people come to me with their problems and respect your input is also very rewarding.  Much more fulfilling than being the one doing the work.  (At least for me). …

As the years progress, my role gets easier as people begin to make their own transitions to leadership vs. management and it is an enjoyable process to watch.

Til next time, think about where you are in your role today, Are you a leader or a manager?  And how do the differences apply in your job/role?

A few good leadership vs. management quotes to end on:

“If there is a clear distinction between the processes of managing and the process of leading it is between getting others to do – managing – and getting others to want to do – leading.”

 James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge.

“Management is about skills, leadership is about skills coupled with character.”

Patrick and Joan Gebhardt in Five Star Leadership

 

11 Key Effective Leadership Skills List

leadershipsqualitiesLeadership has many definitions depending on the role you play in the organization.  Based on the feedback from my site, it seems that everybody is looking for a comprehensive list of Leadership Qualities.  My assumption is that you are trying to prepare an evaluation for an employee on your team or you are just looking to see what leadership qualities are needed to progress in your own career.  I have done some research through several books and came up with a pretty good list to start you out with.

Bookmark this page, or better yet, subscribe to the RSS feed to get email updates when they are posted.  Over the next weeks, I will begin to dive into these skills individually and explain why they are important and give examples and possibly exercises or practices that can be done to become more effective in each of the skills.  Here is a brief description and thoughts on each leadership quality I have found to be most important to people.

 

Leadership Skill #1: Honesty

This one is pretty straight forward, but it is absolutely critical that as a leader you are honest.   At no time in business is it acceptable to “lie” about anything to your staff or co-workers.   You can simply say “I cannot speak on that” or if a mistake is made own it.  It is much better to do that than to lie.  Lying to someone will diminish their trust in you as their leader.  Period!  Gaining trust is never easy, but losing it is. AND it only takes one little white lie to lose any trust and credibility that you might have gained with that person and could be damaged forever or at a minimum have to be earned back.

Leadership Skill #2: Inspiring

Definition: to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something.  As leaders we hope that we inspire others to do good work, or to reach goals that they couldn’t have achieved without your inspiration.  There is never a better feeling that knowing that you inspired someone to take action on something that they wouldn’t have done otherwise.

Leadership Skill #3: Competent

This simply means are they competent in the work they do?  Can you go to this person for advice or input and know that they are giving you good information.

 Leadership Skill #4: Fair minded

You want a leader to be fair in all circumstances.  If the leader plays favorites or takes sides in a conflict or a problem without looking objectively at the facts then the leader will likely lose the employees faith in their ability to solve the conflict or problem.  It is likely the next time the employee has an issue they will find someone that will fill the “fair-minded” role and provide better guidance and advice on how to resolve it. Be fair and treat others the way that you would want to be treated. Simple, right?

 Leadership Skill #5: Straight forward

In my role, sometimes I can be too straight forward.  I have to really work on putting on the filter, but I believe that people respect that as long as it doesn’t seem “aggressive”.  I tell things like they are and I believe most leaders should also do that.   It is a good leadership skill to have, but in my case sometimes needs to be managed effectively, so not to be perceived as overbearing or “opinionated”.

Leadership Skill #6: Supportive

Leaders need to be supportive of their staff.  Whether it is a personal issue or a work related issue, leadership means listening and providing solutions or guidance to help that employee overcome their obstacles.  Sometimes people need to vent out frustrations and that is where leaders play a big role.  This is also where huge “trust” points can be gained.  You don’t have to be their “friend” per say, but you must be willing to listen and engage in whatever is bothering them.  They will work better for you if you do.

Leadership Skill #7: Credible

Definition: Ability to be believed, convincing.  I am going to give a political example.  So as the presidential election goes on, you have a candidate who promises things.  He is SO convincing and presents himself well during the debates.  YEA, he gets elected…..but then while in office he does NONE of the things he promised and makes excuses for why he couldn’t do that.  He just LOST all the credibility he gained during the election.  What will lose your credibility quicker than anything?  NOT DELIVERING what you promise.  Again this is my personal opinion, but this is probably one of the most important things to gain as a leadership.

Leadership Skill #8: Negotiator

Leaders need to have great negotiation skills regardless of what you are negotiating.  In my organization I am frequently negotiating timelines and project deliverables and resources and sometimes people don’t like the answers, so we learn to negotiate and brainstorm alternatives.  This is a skill that I believed to be learned and gets better with practice and being put into situations to negotiate.

Leadership Skill #9: Team Builder

Leaders typically have the ability to build great teams. This comes from knowing your teams strengths and weaknesses and pairing teams together that can fill the holes and where the teams can be successful at their project or task.

Leadership Skill #10: Team Player

This one is simple.  Be willing to get in and roll up your sleeves when the team needs you. Don’t ever think that you are too beyond getting in and helping.  Even if it is just “moral” support, being there for your team and being present is sometimes all that is needed to be considered a “team player”.

Leadership Skill #11: Strategic Planner

Look beyond today and see the big picture.  Are there things and processes that are causing your team pain that you can eliminate? Is it in your power to make small changes that have a big impact on their work environment?  Leadership look forward and try to plan for these things.  Also, what is or should be on the horizon to make your team and your organization be the best it can be.  Leaders are looked to for “strategy”… Plan for those projects/ideas before you are asked.

Leadership Skill #11: Executor

After you have come up with some strategic plans, make an executable plan to deliver on those ideas.  Execute your strategies.

Leadership Skill #13: Humility

Always remember where you came from, I don’t imagine you were born into the leadership role that you play.  I always act as if the team members are more valuable than I am.  Their opinions and needs are put way above mine.

This is a pretty good start to a list for effective leadership skills and qualities needed by everybody attempting to be a good and great leader.  Please contact me if you feel I am missing a key component to this Leadership Qualities List.  PLEASE take the survey below so that I can understand what my visitors are here for and how I can provide value for you in the future.  It’s only 3 questions.

 

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

One of my favorite leadership books

If you’ve never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you’ve been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you’ll love this new expanded and updated one.  Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better:  Every Law of Leadership has been sharpened and updated Seventeen new leadership stories are included Two new Laws of Leadership are introduced New evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths-and weaknesses New application exercises in every chapter will help you grow Why would Dr. Maxwell make changes to his best-selling book?    “A book is a conversation between the author and reader,” says Maxwell. “It’s been ten years since I wrote The 21 Laws of Leadership. I’ve grown a lot since then. I’ve taught these laws in dozens of countries around the world. This new edition gives me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned.”  


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Upward Leadership: Lead Up to Your Leader

Great article on leadership, check it out and provide me your input.

Being a leader doesn?t always mean being the one in charge. Leadership can happen throughout all levels of the organization chart. Leadership is about influence. A leader knows how to Influence others to follow their guidance and direction.

Traditionally, we think of leaders who lead or influence those who are positioned below them. While this is often the case, leadership can actually occur in all directions. A true leader will know how to influence those who work alongside them as well as those who work above them.

Knowing how to influence your supervisor involves some strategic leadership skills. The one who is positioned to lead you will not be swayed easily. This idea is often referred to as leading up or upward leadership.

How effective are you at leading up to your supervisors? Do you have influence over their decisions and plans? Can you guide or direct the one who has positional authority over you? Does he listen to you ideas and rely on your council or advice?

Learning how to lead your leader can be greatly effective in your career. In order to be able to do this, you?ll first have to develop a sense of confidence and trust with your supervisor. He?ll need to know that you have an excellent track record and can be counted on. If you expect him to be guided by your influence and listen to what you have to say, then you?ll have to demonstrate your abilities.

Here are some things to think about when you want to lead up to your supervisor:

  • Always be respectful of your supervisor and those in leadership above you, even if you don?t agree with a decision or have a personal dislike toward someone. Leadership demands a certain level of honor. Any distain or contempt toward your leaders will come back to haunt you and damage your credibility.
  • Never argue with your supervisor in public. If you disagree with a decision or need to correct him on an issue, talk to him about it in private. Don?t undermine his authority and position in front of others.
  • Include your supervisors on any important information. Be sure they are well aware of what you are doing and are planning to do. Having a secret agenda or keeping undisclosed information will only breed distrust.
  • Demonstrate integrity. If you say you are going to do something, do it. Nothing will damage your credibility than dropping the ball. Take responsibility and be honest in all you do and say.
  • Go to your supervisor with solutions, not problems. Work out as much as you can on your own before you bring something to his attention. Find out as much information as possible. Be creative in your problem solving.
  • Find out the leadership style of your boss and adapt your style to match or compliment his. Work with him instead of against him. Understand that it?s not his job to get along with you. Instead it?s up to you to get along with him.
  • Take initiative. Don?t wait to be given tasks or handed projects. Take ownership of your work and demonstrate a bias for action. Be willing to take charge and step up to responsibilities when needed.
  • Develop a bond with your supervisor. Consciously work on your relationship. This will be helpful in keeping open communication and confidences.
  • Work on your servant leadership skills. A servant leader serves the one he leads. Are you serving your supervisor or yourself? Set aside your sense of pride in your position and do what it takes to get the job done.
  • If possible, choose the right team to work with or under you. Develop a staff that buys into the same goals and vision. Learn to be an effective leader down as well as up.
  • Establish good relationships with co-workers and peers. Demonstrate that you have the ability to be influential with everyone around you.

Leading up to your supervisor is easier when you agree on the purpose and goals of your organization. Having a mutual cause to work toward will help you avoid conflicting motivations and directions. If your goal is developing people and his goal is increasing the numbers, then you?ll have a much more difficult time influencing his decisions. His goals will always trump yours.

If you can?t jump on board with your boss?s goals, then you are probably in the wrong place. The one who is in a great position to practice these leadership skills is the one who can catch the vision and buy into the cause. If you have the same goal and motivations toward success of the team, then you will have a better platform to voice your concerns and ideas.

What steps can you take to become more effective at leading up to your leaders? How can you put some of these suggestions into practice? Let me know in the comment section below. If you found this Hub useful, please be sure to vote it up. Thanks for reading!

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Servant Leadership – What is it?

Servant Leadership

A quality that good leaders possess is a “servant leadership” mindset.  Serving others so that they will perform for you.

How do you become a servant leader?

Listen to Serve

One of the most important things to do is to listen to your staff.    How can you serve them if you don’t listen to their needs and know what motivates them?   It seems so easy that all you have to do is listen to them to be a better leader but you would be surprised at how many people have to have their words in over the team member that is talking to them with a problem or idea.   Sometimes it is best just to be

silent and listen.  If they ask your input or opinion then you can speak, but let them be the one that wants your opinion or input, don’t always offer it over theirs.

Empathizing with them

I cannot tell you how many times I have had someone come into my office to “vent”.   I never turn down or interrupt when this happens.  This is my opportunity to show empathy and to truly connect with them about their troubles or issues they are facing and to show them “I understand”.  I always try and put myself in their position while doing my best to give sound and reasonable advice or feedback when asked.  But only when asked.  Sometimes they just want someone else to hear them through.  Sometimes they are looking for input from me..either way I display empathy for them and their reason for coming to me about whatever the issue is.  Empathy can get you along way, and these conversations usually end with a “Thanks for letting me vent” or a “Thanks for the advice”.  I have done my job when the person gives me a thanks for serving them and their needs for that moment.  These are precious moments to me as a leader that I was able to serve them and deliver something of value in the moment they needed it.

Commitment

Nothing can show servant leadership more that your commitment and resolve to your employees for their future.   You need to show that you are committed to their growth and opportunities.  Knowing each person’s abilities and weaknesses by getting to know them individually and knowing what they are capable is essential in leadership.  When the next big opportunity arises or need for the organization you will know who the right person for the job is.  This shows that you are committed to them. If you are committed to them, most often they will commit to you.    Commit and always be on the look out for growth areas or opportunities for your employees.  Feed their passions and individual needs, and they will feed you with loyalty and passionate work output.

Servant leaders most always have teams that are committed to them and will work as hard as the leader works for them.  Whether it is empathizing, listening or being committed to them, these qualities of leadership are essential to serve your team.

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3 More Characteristics For Your Leadership Qualities List

There are certainly some very important qualities that absolutely make up a really good leader.

The best way to truly keep track of all these qualities is to put them on a leadership qualities list so you can refer to it from time to time when you might need some guidance the most.

Right now I’m going to give you three more really good qualities that every leader should have.

So take a look at them now and make sure you add them to your list at the end after you finish reading this article.

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The first major quality you want out of a really good leader is they have to be somebody who is willing to take the initiative.

You don’t want anyone that is indecisive and will second-guess themselves whatsoever.

Let this leader take the initiative based upon their decisions and 9 times out of 10 they will have made the right choice.

This is an excellent way for any leader to prevent themselves from procrastinating as well.

The next quality that I’d like to mention regarding good leadership characteristics is responsibility.

This actually goes hand-in-hand with taking the initiative because every leader should be responsible for his or her actions.

So if you take the initiative on something and it doesn’t quite pan out the way you’d hoped just make sure you take responsibility for it and your team will appreciate that you owned up to the mistake.

The final quality of all good leaders is having the ability to influence people.

This is extremely important because the only way you’re really going to be able to lead people properly is if you possess enough influence over them to the point where they will listen and do the things you suggest.

So if you aren’t very influential right now you should make it a point to develop this characteristic as soon as possible.

These are some of the best qualities that any leader could absolutely possess.

Put them on your leadership qualities list right now and make sure you develop these skills as soon as you can if you truly want to be an effective leader.

Three Characteristics That You Should Have On Your Leadership Qualities List

All great leaders possess certain characteristics that make them seem to be just a step above the rest. If you ever want to be a great leader you are going to need to create yourself a leadership qualities list. This list will contain all of the different characteristics and traits that a good leader should have. So make it a point to learn this list and master it and you will become a very effective leader yourself one day. So let’s take a look at three characteristics that you definitely need to add to your list of leadership qualities.

The first trait that should definitely be on your list of characteristics for a quality leader is empathy. The only way a leader is truly going to be able to understand his or her people is if they are capable of empathizing with them. Each person has their own story to tell and they have their own issues that they have to deal with in life. So you need to empathize with those issues so that you can fully understand these people and truly be able to help and work with them.

Attentiveness is also another excellent quality that every leader should have. If you are attentive to the people that you are leading they will recognize right away that you truly value them and care about the things that they have to say. So make it a point to pay close attention to all of the people that you deal with in a leadership capacity. They will absolutely notice it and really appreciate you for taking their ideas seriously.

The biggest trait that every leader should cultivate is integrity. This is extremely important in my opinion because you absolutely want to make sure that you possess integrity when dealing with other people. Only a bad leader would choose to act in a manner that doesn’t hold them to a very high standard. So cultivate this quality and the people that you lead will absolutely love you in no time at all.

I’m sure you see just how important these qualities are that we just mentioned. So add them to your leadership qualities list and do what it takes to finally become a much better leader.