Secrets of Leadership : 9 Traits of Effective LeadersOluwaseun Olayisade
Traits of effective leaders. I can bet this has crossed your mind on several occasions. It won’t be surprising you stay up late asking what makes business leaders so effective?
Steve Jobs’ effective leadership took Apple to where it is. Elon Musk took SpaceX and Tesla to its heights. Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg took Facebook global and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos made it huge.
“When you were made a leader, you weren’t given a crown; you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others”. – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.
Thence looking at these successful entrepreneurs something about them jumps right at you. You realize they have the traits of effective leaders. You look at yourself and wonder if you have those traits as well.
Also it’s no secret that a business or an organization needs an effective leader to succeed. However, don’t beat yourself up thinking you don’t have these traits. You do. The traits are buried within, you only need to look deep within to bring them to the surface.
Traits of Effective Leaders
I can tell you for free that if you have the following traits be rest assured you have what it takes to effectively lead your minions.
Motivational and Self-motivated
This leader influences you and gives you a strong reason to act or accomplish something. Likewise, they are motivated to do or achieve something due to their own enthusiasm and interest, without pressure from others.
This is the ability to understand and share what another is feeling. The capacity to place oneself in another’s position. In addition they are personable, have high emotional intelligence and very compassionate.
An effective leader has unique and original ideas about the future. With imagination he makes wise plans for the future. Also, empowers others.
Equally important is self-reflection. This trait allows you to have serious thoughts about your character and actions. It gives you the ability to combine instinct (intuition) with facts. And such leaders are willing to learn.
An effective leader is fearless and determined. Confident, poise, courageous and stares down the naysayers. He hangs in there even when others around him say it can’t be done.
Being able to adjust to new conditions no matter the circumstances. Effective business leaders know how to drive through failure and make it work.
Excellent Communication Skills
The traits of an effective leader entail the ability to write and speak in clear and simple terms without compounding issues in time of crisis.
The use of imagination or original ideas to create something new that adds value. It could be in terms of product, services or the standard of operating the organization.
This trait entails the moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour most especially in a business environment. How do you comport yourself as a leader? Are you worthy of emulation? Or do you let everyone in your fold run wild?
There are different styles of leadership. No two leaders are the same, but the traits of an effective leader are the same across board. These traits aren’t necessarily inborn but they can be developed. Growing these traits takes you closer to being an effective business leader.
Additionally it takes an effective business leader among other things to make a business succeed.