6 Signs to Recognize Someone as a Great Leader
We have all had them: a good leader and a bad leader. When you become a leader your skills are suddenly in the spotlight. And that defines you as “good” or “bad”.
What makes a great leader today? And what comes to your mind when you think of great leaders? Maybe something more than wearing a soft-shoulder suit or a kick-ass attitude to lead a team in your own way.
Being inspired by many great leaders, I am successfully growing at a good pace now. As so many people are relying on our(leaders) guidance and inspiration, it becomes important to look at our habits. A whopping 91% of employees feel motivated to do their best work when they have good leadership support.
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So, how do you recognize a reliable strong leader? Here are some important qualities that make a leader stand out in the crowd and you can learn many things from them:
They know their team
Outstanding results don’t just happen, it involves a combined hard work from the team and the leader. And to work together, a leader needs to know its team. Effective team collaboration is in the hands of a leader. Imagine taking the wheel on a project but you have no clue about the strengths and weakness of your team.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is a success.’’ -Henry Ford
A remarkably good leader should be knowing everything about every member of their team and look to maximize return on the capabilities of each of them.
They give credit where it’s due
Trust me — there’s nothing more inspiring for a team than getting a pat on the back from their leader. As a leader, never find it hard to thank and acknowledge the efforts of your teams. Never fail to give credit where it is due. If someone even achieves a small feat, praise them with your words. It will boost the morale of the team. After all, who does not want to get a toast from their leader?
Good leaders recognize employees; great leaders appreciate them.
You will be content to show your appreciation for the hard work of others. A good leader prefers using “we” when speaking of triumphs and it goes a long way in their leadership role.
They inspire others to grow
What makes a leader inspirational? The will to inspire people to reach great heights of performance is a skill that leaders need.
Simon Sinek taught us in his TED Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” no one follows a leader for the leader, he or she follows them for inspiring themselves. As a leader, if you fail to inspire someone to grow, you will never be recognized for your leadership. Keep in mind that your key responsibility towards your team is more than just managing them.
An inspirational leader is all responsible for stirring the heart, mind, or spirit. Often, when people are void of inspiration they look for their leader to push them. We are inspired by a person to achieve things that we never thought could be possible.
They care about others
Your people must know that you genuinely care. Always keep your doors open for people to come and talk about their problems, without being hesitant. Show concern for those who are a little messed up or in stress, be concerned about their well-being and work performance. Take time out of your busy schedule to support anyone who needs you. To get the best out of the team, care for individual team members to ensure a higher productivity in return.
As a leader, it is important to understand that the people who work for you are real people who need to be satisfied and connected at work. Do your best to ensure that they are both in the right physical as well as mental state.
They are transparent in how they communicate
Transparency is a leader’s best friend.
When transparency is lacking there can never be trust. Great leaders like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, have a magical aura as they follow a transparent path. But, of course, not everyone is Richard Branson. So, how transparent leadership can be your story? It all starts with reaching out your teams with a thoughtful approach to talk to them about what they are doing and why they are doing it. This can take your leadership skills too far as you and your team will get to know about each step.
You can’t be a good leader without proper communication skills. You won’t get too far without it.
They do not micromanage
Have you as a leader ever been called a “control freak”? Then you are definitely doing your leadership role wrong. This might sound like an unpleasant thing but this is a reality.
“Invariably, micromanaging results in four problems: deceit, disloyalty, conflict, and communication problems.” -John Rosemond
The best leaders truly understand the art of delegation. They do not have the bad habit of interfering in the day-to-day processes of each person and overindulge with them. Give your team some space as nobody likes to be micromanaged. Stay away from their desks and manage outcomes and not how the outcome is being reached. In essence, you will see a major rise in the creative inputs of your teams as well.
To be the leader you want to be, just have confidence in your people. Have you had a great leader who has all these traits? I would love to hear about it in the comments.
Sandeep Kashyap is the Founder and CEO of ProofHub — a leading project management and collaboration software. He’s one person always on a lookout for innovative ideas about filling the communication gap between groups, teams, and organizations. You’ll find him saying, “Let’s go!” instead of “Go!” many times a day. That’s what makes him write about leadership in a way people are inspired to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.