It can be difficult to specifically define what makes a leader a “good leader.” There are all different types and style of leaders out in the world and each likely has a different approach to inspiring and leading their team. However, there are a few key essential leadership qualities that most good leaders have. These are qualities that any emerging leader should try to develop if they want to find the success they have been looking for.
This is one leadership quality that unfortunately, many people do not value enough. When it comes to being a good leader, honesty is of the utmost importance. You need to be honest with your followers so that they feel as though they can trust you. After all, trust is one of the most important facets of a good leader to follower relationship. Try to approach every situation you are faced with, with the utmost honesty and you will start to earn the respect of your team. At times, it can be hard to be honest, particularly if you are trying to protect your team members, but it is something that you always need to value.
Keeping Your Promises
This quality goes right along with honesty as it is an important to building a good leader-follower relationship and to fostering the trust between you as a leader and your team members. Breaking promises will quickly cause you to lose the respect of your team members. If you say you are going to do something, follow through with it. This will really go a long way in helping foster a good relationship between you and your team members.
Admit When You Fail
Failure is a part of any person’s career, no matter how successful or established you may be. Even as a leader, you will fail from time to time. It is important that you are able to admit when you fail so that your team members can see that failure is alright as long as you brush yourself off, move on, and move forward. If you fail, make sure that both you and your team members can see what you learned from your experience and how you can avoid failures next time.
Be On Time
If you want your team members to be punctual so that they don’t waste your time, then you need to show them the same respect. Always be on time, it sets a precedent for the rest of your office and shows others that you value their time and do not want to waste it.
Wash Your Mouth
While some people have a tendency to use foul language, it is something that as a leader, you need to try to avoid at all costs. No matter how you prefer to speak when in private, it is important that you watch your language at the office. Foul language can offend others and make you look like a less respectable leader. Don’t let foul language impact your employee’s view of you and try to keep swear words to a minimum inside the office.
Fostering a strong leader-follower relationship can be a challenge and it can take some time, but if you are willing to work at it and consider these essential leadership qualities you will find yourself being a better and more effective leader in no time.