Leadership Articles For Great Business Leader

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” — Peter F. Drucker

Leaders are indeed a breed apart – otherwise why would anyone want to take the kinds of risks that they do and be willing to sacrifice so much? The typical characteristics of a great leader usually run from risk-taker to visionary.

Let us now take a moment to separate the myth from reality and find out what makes certain leaders great:

Are they risk-takers? While the evidence would suggest that great leaders are risk takers, the actual truth is a little different. While they are indeed risk-takers, what makes them different is the way they respond to stress. It is their “performance under pressure” that sets them apart from the crowd. They thrive on adversity and challenges but the more important attribute is that most of them are also capable of managing and mitigating their risk.

Are they control freaks? It is true that one of the basic characteristics of top leaders is their need to control things. It is also equally true that great leaders remain leaders by being able to delegate responsibilities and inspiring trust among the employees.

Are they quick decision makers? According to stereotype, successful leaders are quick on their feet, great at making decisions on the spur of the moment, but may not be good at long-term strategic thinking. Not so! It is their general awareness, alertness, the ability to read and analyze a situation and the tendency to think strategically that makes them the great leaders that they are. Combined with this is their ability to take decisive action.

Are they bad listeners? It’s a common perception that leaders are impatient and rarely listen to others. They are projected as bullheaded people who just do what they perceive as the right thing to do. In fact, the truth is the opposite. True leaders understand and appreciate that great things cannot be achieved single-handed – it needs a team to achieve success. One of the traits of a truly great leader is their commitment to build a team of like-minded people. They have the innate ability to foster good relationships among team members and have exceptional communication skills that inspire total commitment from their co-workers. Leaders succeed by helping people they work with – their employees, partners, investors and suppliers, become successful themselves.

Now that we’ve dispelled the myths, lets ask, What are the most important traits of a great leader?

The most critical trait of a leader is self belief. All good leaders know that they have what it takes. They are confident and sure of their ability to face any situation. Contrary to popular belief, these situations may not only be tough ones. Take a simple situation of having to react to public praise – a good leader knows how to graciously accept and move on.

Good leaders are never afraid to make decisions. They weigh the pros and cons of the issues at hand and make an informed decision in a timely manner. To enable them make the right decisions, they invest the time in educating themselves about all the important aspects that could affect their business as well as surround themselves with competent and trustworthy people.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going! Poise is a much sought after trait of a leader. They have the ability to maintain their composure under trying situations. Indeed, many of them love the challenges posed by tough circumstances and invariably rise to the occasion.

Good leaders practice what they preach. They do not expect others to do things that they themselves would not do. They lead by setting an example to their community and followers.

The capacity to understand a problem at a grassroots level: While this is an important trait of a leader, the more critical one is the ability to see the bigger picture and the larger issues underlying the situation. It is this ability that sets them apart from others and helps them become visionaries.

Total Optimists: Have you ever come across a leader who is a pessimist? Highly unlikely! All leaders possess an undying level of optimism. Where you see a glass half empty, they see it half full. Where you see a glass half full, they see it totally full – half with liquid and the other half with air! It is this optimism that drives them to keep trying until they find success in their mission.

Absolute trustworthiness: This probably one of the most essential traits of a leader. People should be able to rely on him to keep promises made. The one thing that will keep most people from accepting someone as a leader is if they can’t be sure that he will actually take them where he says he will.

Think of the people that you look up to as great leaders, and analyze for yourself the qualities they possessed. Chances are that each of them would have all of these traits to some extent.



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