How often have you heard the someone say, “He or she is a born leader?” There are certain characteristics that seem to come naturally for some people that often make others see them as a great leader.
Can someone really be a natural born leader or did they develop skills and abilities to become a leader from their environment? That is a good question. Either way, the important part is the leader has strong characteristics that can be developed by anyone if they so wish.
No-one follows someone they do not trust. A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A great leader “walks the walk and talks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.
They should be enthusiastic about their work and their role as leader. People respond strongly to someone with passion and dedication. Leaders should always be a source of inspiration, and most importantly, be a motivator. A good leader acts as part of the team working towards the goal together with much enthusiasm.
To lead well and set directions a leader needs to appear confident. This inspires confidence in others and makes the team or followers feel they can accomplish whatever they set their minds to. Think of it as the glue that holds everyone and everything together.
Staying positive in times of uncertainty is extremely important. People will feel reassurance and secure in a positive environment. A great leader will never talk negative or show negative behavior and body language. Positivity keeps a healthy environment where others can feel relaxed and happy.
5. Drama Free
A great leader works with all different types of personalities. Its important that a leader refrain from joining in or condoning negative talk or behavior. The less drama, the better. Keep personal issues private as drama will only cause others to feel uneasy.
With a goal in view, a great leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it. Staying organized and keeping on top of things in an orderly fashion can be of great help when working towards finishing a goal in a timely manner.
Always committed to excellence. Never settle for second best. A great leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas. Never gives up and keeps their eye on finish line with gold metal as the prize.
These 7 personal characteristics that I have listed are so important for great leadership. Some of these characteristics may come naturally to some people. However, each one of these characteristics can be developed and strengthened by anyone this is willing to do so. Stay consistent and diligent and the rest will follow.