When some think of great leaders in business, the image of cape-wearing CEOs, complete with superpowers may come to mind. However, the notion that leaders are born with the traits that make them successful is false. Most of the essential characteristics of strong leaders can be identified, allowing most professionals to assess which enduring leadership traits they already exhibit and which they ought to nurture as qualities for becoming good leaders.
I’d like to propose the following checklist for consideration:
1. Be prepared for changes.
The business world is inherently volatile. You should approach it with an eye toward the future by fostering a diverse culture. After all, a diverse group of people thinks broadly and considers possible opportunities and obstacles.
2. Avoid clinging to the past.
Instead, be brave in letting go of your and your company's conventional techniques and culture, no matter how deeply ingrained they are. This requires emotional stamina, as does dealing with the inevitable criticism.
3. Promote a trusting culture.
To overcome setbacks and failures, collaboration, teamwork, and a reciprocal sense of confidence are required. A phase that can be inspired by the work of missionaries. Some religious orders, for instance, have spread this culture in education and healthcare services they offer around the globe.
4. Contribute to society.
Contribute to the well-being of your community and society, act ethically and responsibly toward everyone. Having done nothing wrong is insufficient. You must take the initiative to do the right thing.
5. Be respectful to everyone.
As a leader, you must bring out the best in your employees, who will not all have the same personalities or be motivated by the same things. Learn what makes each person tick and what inspires them too.
6. Keep in mind the three As: Anticipate. Adapt and Act.
If you stick to these fundamentals, you will succeed tremendously. The three As can be observed in the biblical journey of our Lord’s disciples. Those who accepted the calling, anticipated the challenges, adapted to the circumstances and acted to plant the seeds.
It is noteworthy that leadership is reinforced by virtue. And its impact is measured by inspiring and empowering souls to meet their life’s purpose. A true leader is one who is willing to form other leaders. It is one who creates a safe environment for team members to grow personally, spiritually, and professionally. Ask yourself : Am I this kind of leader? Am I making the effort to become one?
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