How To Become A Great Leader

While you wait for the right opportunity to step up the leadership ladder, use your observational skills to develop your Leadership Style. Watch and learn from those around you, both the good leaders/managers and the not so good:

  • What do they do right?
  • What do you feel are their mistakes?
  • What would you do differently?

With some simple observation and thought, you can find your leadership style and become a role model at work.

My Eight Leadership Traits:

Professional

Developing leadership skills can increase your level of responsibility, and responsibilities come to experience. If there is a leader to look up to, you too can become a great leader whom others will look up to. If you wish to stand out as a role model means being professional at all times.

Presentable

Look and act the role. Appearance is essential as it represents your brand as a leader. Be recognized as a consummate professional, so dress sharp with care and attention to the small details, shoes, hair, smile, etc. Make yourself visible to others. Go out of your way every day to speak to others, ask after them, take an interest in them, build a network.

Polite

Being polite and respectful is vital. Take care with how you talk, how you look, and the interest you take in others. Good communication involves being a good listener so that nothing said can get misunderstood or misinterpreted. It’s important to schedule weekly meetings with everyone involved in your team and make them feel equal. This will maintain a good line of communication to avoid problems that might occur later due to miscommunication. Communicating with people above you is very important. Building these relationships will increase your confidence, and don’t be put off by their higher position. As a person, you are their equal, recognizing the value and benefit of having them as advocates supporting your career.

Persuasive

Good leaders make a lasting impression on people. They are great motivators, influential team leaders, and very memorable. A great leader motivates people to perform better and out of their comfort zone, to develop both personally and professionally while providing emotional support when needed. They also recognize future leaders and act as mentors, coaches, and facilitators for talent development. Remember this every day and try and emulate a good leader.

Positive

Be positive with people, especially those you work with. If you don’t appreciate the staff, they will find a reason to leave. Many people receive very little recognition or praise at work to recognize their efforts. Try creativity, humor, and curiosity in stressful situations, and others will naturally turn to you when things become difficult or chaotic. View challenges as an opportunity to change or improve something. Strong leaders see the big picture and anticipate problems. This is an invaluable ability and enables issues to be avoided.

Passionate

Great leaders inspire us to do better, both professionally and personally. Becoming a great leader involves training yourself to be better, consistently. They help others learn and grow and make sure you learn and grow as the organization grows. They care about what they do and are always enthusiastic and interested in others and the work.

Picture

This is the big picture. Think strategically, have a clear idea, a vision of where and who you wish to be. This ability can be developed with time and experience. Some people are a “born leader”, others develop the qualities and talents and especially experience. However, make research a habit for where you work, the organization, the competition, and the business environment.

Personal

Personal traits vary for different leaders. However, some common qualities are ever-present. These include self-awareness, curiosity, the willingness to accept criticism as an opportunity to improve. They encourage others to speak up; they acknowledge contributions and give praise when due. They are willing to try new things, analyze strengths and areas for development, and constantly improve emotional and social skills.