To become A Leader is to hold a dominant position among other employees. As you are the one in charge to order and others follow. WAIT, it’s not!
It is an inspirational role as it depends mainly on your abilities to inspire others convincing them to follow you. I admit that the one has that spark and charisma find fewer obstacles to lead. But without having these qualities that every true leader must have, he may (how much charisma he got) lose it all at once.
What are The Qualities of a Good Leader?
You ask yourself; What Makes a Good Leader?
I’ll answer you, but first I want to tell you an important fact that all other rules are depending on it, which is “The One Who Succeeds is The One Who Listens and Applies“, so I want you to give these rules a proper thinking time, maybe (just 5 min) are enough for you to make use of it.
Now let’s go directly to state those very important qualities that a true leader should have…
Try YOUR BEST to be that Role Model
As you need to be “The First Follower” to your orders. You always should be there in the very first line. You can’t punish a staff member for being late to work while you are not following that rule by yourself. That’s how things run.
Meet with Staff on a Regular Basis
Try to be always in direct contact with your employees. It works perfectly when it runs on a weekly or monthly basis. That helps a lot to make them feel that you are one of them, being a good listener; caring for their problems and trying to give a hand when that is needed.
Disclose Important Information to Your Employees
It is important to give information when that is needed, and won’t conflict with the policies of the firm or institution you are working for. As sometimes, it is a good idea to share with your employees how good the work is running or to discuss a specific topic that could have an impact on the firm. We are all in the same Boat!
Criticize without Causing Offence
Sometimes you’ll face a situation where an employee messed up, Now what?
The first thing you must follow is to avoid blaming him/her in front of others, you may feel that you have enough power to do so, but you may turn that person in a time of seconds from someone full of potential to just “remains of the wreck”.
So, try to make this conversation private, and then do what you see as a necessary up to the situation, but don’t overreact to a small mistake, it is always better to ignore these minor mistakes in order to maintain your credibilities for the bigger ones.
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Be Versatile – You Need a Full Range of Methods
As a leader, you need to be versatile to be capable of dealing with different people with different characters. You’ll find that trying to motivate a young talented employee differs from what it takes to motivate an experienced one. Everyone has his/her own characteristics which will need from you a complete range of methods to reach the results that you are hoping for.
Delegate Power and Give Trust
So When you reach that level of leadership, you have to accept the fact that work won’t be done as if you were doing it by your own hands. But that doesn’t mean that it will lower the work efficiency, contrary, it can be better. Just if you gave enough amount of trust.
Yeah, that young employee can finish the work better than you, but you need to support him to see such results, as doubting his abilities will lead both of you to a dead end.
Appreciate Your Employees “Hard Work”
This point can give you what you need to get the full potential of your employees. It is a fact that employee appreciation pays off. ِA poll was done by Timejobs states that 30% of employees see that lack of appreciation is the main factor that can reduce their productivity in work.
Actually, when an employee feels the appreciation from you as his/her Boss, you’ll surprise by the outcome that you may get. In cases, the employee would work for late hours without even asking for overtime!
Humility is Crucial to a Real Success
I love to talk about this part, just a simple act of humility can give you a great boost as a leader. It could be crucial for a leader to take a paper to photocopy it by himself, or to go to an employee to deliver him/her a document. Others expect from you just to give orders. So, doing such things will improve the work environment around you in a positive way.
Be a Coach Not a Boss
Avoid being that person who loves to give orders, but try to direct others actions by being a leader, In other words being a coach. That is done by giving the employees a feeling that you are a team member. You may know more but you don’t know everything!
You need also to remove barriers between you and others. Make them feel comfortable to come to you discussing their problems and stating their needs.
Take Notes and Discuss Prior to Performance Appraisal
Performance Appraisal is meant to evaluate employees performance throughout a year. You must make use of this to emphasize them to give their best at work.
If you see someone isn’t doing OK, try to notify him/her by all means. Set and discuss to resolve this kind of situations. Take notes throughout the year to avoid misjudging at the end of the year.
When you decide to degrade an employee, you need to meet with him/her to talk about the reasons behind that evaluation and to put an appropriate plan to improve that performance.
Encourage Staff to think out loud
Yeah, thoughts are a real treasure, you need to seize before it is too late. Encouraging your employees to talk about their thoughts with no fear can give you outbox solutions for many complex situations.
This kind of act can kick a firm up high among other firms, You may never know the power of ONE THOUGHT.
Finally, I hope that you give yourself enough time to think about these qualities and take your own notes, as having it no doubt will make you a real leader. So, consider it.