In my more than ten years of experience in business process outsourcing and the facility management industry, I’ve had the opportunity to work with various personalities from different positions within an organization. As a result, I met several natural leaders as well as leaders by privilege.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way,” said John C Maxwell. So let me share the top ten leadership traits I’ve observed that truly define a genuine leader.
If your boss possesses these attributes, cherish him! You’ll pick up a lot from him! Likewise, if you want to lead people, I highly recommend that you work and develop these traits. I’m sure you’ll go down in history as one of the great leaders!
10 Great Leadership Traits You Must Acquire
Note: To simplify, I used “He” on both Men and Women.
1. Man of his Words
It may sound archaic, but this is crucial for a leader–a man of his words. He means what he says. A genuine leader does not just talk the talk but walks the talk. He puts actions on his terms without delays nor ambiguity. He acts fast with sincerity.
Competency is extremely important, especially when making a judgment. A great leader understands what he is doing and the consequences of his actions. He is creative and self-starting. Being competent entails possessing skills that will enable him to help the company and the people he leads.
A great leader is courageous. It means he admits his flaws and errors in front of his juniors. Despite his flaws, he dares to face all obstacles. A leader is always prepared to implement alternative and corrective plans to empower himself and recover from the failure.
4. Calm and Composed
A great leader is calm and in control of his emotions–always composed. It indicates that he is a good communicator. In times of argument, trouble, or disagreement, he does not yell or use profanity. A good leader knows how to discipline his workforce in a professional and civilized manner. He understands how to deal with critical to highly critical situations.
A great leader is tactful. He understands how to deal with situations in a firm and just manner. He does not tolerate idleness or ineffective employees but instead coaches them with refinement. He understands when not to sugarcoat things. A great leader speaks to others with full respect despite his position, power, and authority.
A great leader exhibits respect. His juniors respect and believe him because he respects himself. He values both large and small employees. He appreciates employees’ time and diligence.
7. Has Good Sense of Humor
There are no dull moments with a great leader because he has a good sense of humor. He knows precisely when and how to break the ice. Humor, in his opinion, is an excellent way to relieve stress, make work more enjoyable, and foster a sense of teamwork and good camaraderie.
8. Delegation and Empowerment
A great leader understands how to give his subordinates enough direction to act on his behalf. Therefore, he assigns them tasks that are a good fit for their abilities. He empowers his delegates by involving them in decision-making, giving them a participatory role that capitalizes on their expertise and judgment, increasing their self-esteem and commitment to the organization.
9. Integrity and Honesty
One of the best key traits of a great leader is integrity. It denotes a thorough assurance of doing the right thing for the right reason, regardless of the circumstances, and with honorable intentions.
Integrity is the consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. A great leader with integrity exemplifies honesty and unwavering adherence to strong moral, ethical, and value principles.
10. Inspire Others
A great leader motivates and inspires others! He has a vision. Leadership entails looking beyond today, tomorrow, and yonder. A great leader is selfless, and he helps his juniors succeed. He fueled his people’s zeal. He strongly motivates them to achieve their objectives and contribute to the betterment of the organization and themselves.
“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” – Tom Peters
This content is dedicated to my previous superiors, who inspired me and exemplified a true and great leader.
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