Individuals often see leadership as a trait rather than what could be acquired or achieved. As the saying goes “not all are born to rule or lead”. This has instilled the misconception that the attributes of effective leadership are for only those born with “silver spoons”. By choice, hierarchy, position or by endorsement, an individual will find him/herself in the position to lead at a particular time or stage in his or her lifetime. Whether you aspire to be a manager at work, an entrepreneur, or even as a parent, you need to possess these essential habits to lead your followers effectively.
- Effective communication
As Winston Churchill once said, “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” Thus effective leaders should always carry great interpersonal skills. Leadership entails communication. Not just speaking, but any good relationship should be mutual enough to allow for both speaking and listening. What effect is communication, if it only involves speaking? A good leader should create avenues to listen to the people he or she leads.
According to the saying, ‘dress the way they want to be addressed’, in the same way, an effective leader should carry the quality of being outstanding in their personality to gain the desired respect. Good leaders are often distinguishable and set positive examples in every aspect of leadership.
The self-consciousness of being professional in the way you carry out your daily tasks will earn you confidence from the people you lead. Your principles, views, actions and relationships with people should be distinguished. You will need to execute plans or skills with dexterity and prudence.
3. Strong charisma
A strong presence of your personality, the charm that revolves around your aura inspires other people around you. It can be labelled as a personal magnetism that attracts people of both ordinary and great personalities. It is the force that draws fans to musicians, loyalists to great leaders, business partners to business magnates. And it inspires followers or employees to unite together in a common pursuit of goals.
Be a lady or a gentleman of integrity. Possess qualities of honesty and have good moral principles. Integrity is all about doing the right thing; even when no one is watching. Integrity is an ethic all great leaders should possess. It entails moral principles and actions of high values worthy of emulation. Act at all times according to your integrity that cannot be influenced by wrong practices or prejudice. As Dwight Eisenhower once said “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionable integrity, without it, no success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, or in an office”
Work in synergy with members of your team. Seek members’ opinions and come out with the best-fit ideas in setting goals. Planning together, working together and achieving a common success will not just give you (as a leader) the much-deserved applause but will generate a lively team-spirit that is willing to work efficiently on subsequent future projects. Teamwork brings unity and strengthens bonds between a leader and members of his or her team.
6. Eloquent speaker
Offering eloquent presentations are a very effective way of imparting strong messages that will allow a speaker to win his or her listeners’ hearts and keeps them yearning to hear more. A vocal leader who passes messages across in a colourful, commanding, yet humble manner will be a role model to many. Most great leaders speak to their followers in such manners that leaves them well respected. When Theresa May, in her persuasive, yet humble manner, addressed the British Congress in calming fears over the controversial “Brexit”. This certainly earned her respect.
7. Be ambitious
The ability to show a strong desire and determination to succeed is what motivates people to be chosen as leaders. Being ambitious is to believe in oneself. An ambitious leader is the one that has the ability to use their energy to drive their plans and ideas towards attaining a successful goal.