“A leader is a dealer in hope – Napoleon Bonaparte”.
This very quote has driven my actions, my positions, my behavior and my habit to be able to rise to a position of a proficient leader. Whether you run a multinational company, multiple teams or just an individual employee, your leadership skill showcases how you bring along your unit and encourage them to perform at their optimum all the time.
No one can just mould themselves and their lifestyle based on powerful leaders that came before them, one has to take inspiration from the following traits to achieve the status of a leader among their peers.
A good leader will invariably try to create a fine balance between productivity and playfulness at work. Keeping the team motivated not only establishes trust and fondness, it also helps in eliciting a high-level of energy that keeps the success rate high. Even though it is difficult to always be the person discovering the silver lining, positivity has its own way of turning things around magically. Optimism not just inspires, it enables one to consider the bigger picture lurking in the background and back you to build a better future with it.
The ever-dynamic economy is forever changing. Good leaders are perceptive enough in being able to spot different possibilities that are vital to one’s business at any given situation. They are not hindered by uncertainty and ambiguity. They adapt to the realities of change rather than sticking to an idea rigidly. This doesn’t mean compromising when you meet resistance to your idea, instead being willing to find an alternative way around a given obstacle.
• Be Accessible and Communicative
The only way to propel and inspire a team is by undeterred accessibility and crystal clear communication. When a leader takes out time to listen and respond to you, take care of a problem and is easily available to share concerns, people start from being fans to followers which is great for encouraging people to trust you. Seeming both, accessible and available to talk to those around, is a huge plus for leadership. A good leader opens the door for you, invites you to be a part of things.
• Ability to Delegate
Trusting your team with your ideas showcases strength, not weakness. Having conviction in your team to achieve a vision will only empower you towards progress. Delegating tasks to appropriate departments, and furnishing the right resources for those undertaking it, is a sign of a good leader. They not only give the team a chance to prove how talented, capable, and committed they are at a given task but also allow them to sort out the best way to accomplish it.
• Practice Humility
Being humble is perceived as an indispensable and powerful leadership factor to possess. Humble leaders are more engaging, free of hidden agendas, office politics, and power struggles. They inspire people to succeed regardless of the difficult surroundings, they may find themselves in. They not only give due recognition to the person responsible for achieving it, you will never find them speaking about themselves in a superior manner. They share accomplishments in the most humble, positive way only when necessary.
At the end of the day, leadership is more often than not about exhibiting soft skills rather than hard skills that one possesses. A leader understands what drives the bottom line and can get others to perform at their best that ultimately creates winning organisations. Everyone desires to function with such leaders as it makes the people happy, motivated and ambitions at work. Organisations become more receptive towards risk taking, recognising opportunities and reaching success. This symbiotic relation, in turn, helps the leader to grow and develop.