FOR LEADERS AND ASPIRING LEADERS
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
John C. Maxwell
A leader must have the ability to build relationships with clients and coworkers to be successful. Relationships create loyalty and an image for the leader and the company. Positive relationships also create great word-of-mouth, and while your business may not run solely on that type of marketing, it’s always a plus.
Reading people and adapting to necessary management styles
One of the greatest traits a leader can have is the ability to read people and adapt management styles accordingly. Not everyone has the same learning style and if you want your company and your employees to succeed, it’s important to be able to adapt to the needs of your employees.
Thinking outside the box
While it may seem like an obvious fact, the market changes with the times. It’s important to think outside the box because sometimes there are better ways to achieve business goals. Sometimes, the same tried and true methods don’t always work. When a leader thinks outside the box, it makes them and their company stands out to customers and prospects.
Shine Bright like a Diamond
Diamonds can have flaws and still be cherished by their owners. Leaders cannot lose even one of the three C’s, which are the most powerful assets they have to achieve top performance: credibility, competence, and caring. It’s really about authenticity: No matter how great you are as an orator, or how much you look the part, or how smart you are, you won’t be an effective leader if you cannot demonstrate all three C’s.
Willingness to be a “host” rather than a “hero”
Most leaders and other high-ranking executives take a “heroic” approach to leadership, getting things done by “knowing more or working harder than anyone else,” Mark McKergow, Ph.D. and author of “Host: Six New Roles of Engagement for Teams, Organizations, Communities, Movement,” told Amex OPEN Forum, American Express’ online business publication. However, McKergow said, “the smart ones” eventually realize that the role of the leader “is more like a host than a hero” and entails “drawing people together around an issue or challenge, engaging them, and getting results through others.”
Flexibility to listen as muchor more thantalk
Just because leaders are the ultimate decision-makers in most situations pertaining to their companies, doesn’t mean their opinions are the only ones that matter, according to Inc. Employees will be far more productive in environments where the leader demonstrates a willingness to listen to any and all opinionsand actively solicits them through something “as simple as a suggestion box-style submission process, or as in depth as a series of personal interviews”.