5 qualities of an Effective Leader
There is a difference between showing up in a leadership position and showing up as an EFFECTIVE leader. An effective leader is successful at exhibiting their influence to direct their team, tribe, or followers for the purpose of achieving a common goal. The reality is that not every leader is an effective leader. Everyone may show up differently in their leadership role, but the secret sauce that may enhance your effectiveness may be found through; research, trial, and error, or through modeling behaviors of someone that has showcased the right qualities to you. We are going to share with you the 5 qualities of being an effective leader.
Here are 5 qualities that may help to increase your effectiveness as a Leader:
Firstly, for someone to follow you, you have to be able to articulate where they are going. As a leader, it is your job to first identify your goals and be clear on where you are going FIRST. The vision has been known to compel and motivate people to take action. The question is, how can you expect your team to be passionate about what you do and where you are going if they aren’t aware of what those things are…they only know the tasks.
Tip: Tasks alone will not motivate people to continue to follow you, they will eventually seem like a chore. However, your vision is the foundation for the culture of your team. From this; values, beliefs, and dedication is created. Finally, you can always figure out how to handle challenges by measuring them up to your vision.
Secondly, have faith as a leader. Having faith means to have a firm belief for which there may be no tangible proof; Hebrews 11: 1- Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. For example, you may have a vision but not ALL the answers to the hick-ups along the way.
In short, As a leader things may happen unexpectedly but having faith means that you will still show up with confidence knowing that things will align although you don’t know exactly how at the very moment. As a result, Faith can impact how you show up for the greater good as well as your attitude. Being a leader in an organization can sometimes be a lonely place, but if you have faith, that means you believe in a higher power and know that you are never alone.
Also, Effective communication as a leader can lend to your trustworthiness and the respect that you receive from your team. As a leader the “way” that you communicate and “what” you communicate helps your team to know what you expect from them. Remember, leadership flows from the head down. So the way you choose to communicate, don’t be surprised if your team communicates the same way to you or a client.
Therefore, being mindful of your tone, your non verbals, and your etiquette will impact the culture of the team whether that be positive or negative. For example, as a leader, you should be able to model things in the way that you want them done. What you communicate is equally as important.
Here’s what to considering when communicating:
- Clear directions on what you need them to do
Moreover, your positivity as a leader will highly influence the team. This will be a saving grace during stressful times. You must encourage, motivate, and help them to focus on the vision. Certain things such as conflict or personal challenges may be inevitable but there is always a different way to look at every situation. Sometimes just listening allows you to help the individual or group to view things in a different light or identify a way to overcome a challenge. For instance, think about being brotherly, sisterly, or friendly at this time. Although you may not have all the answers this is where Vision, Faith, and Communication all come together.
Lastly, it is important to know when it is time to take something off of your plate and hand it over to someone else to focus on. In other words, this also allows you to think more strategically instead of always being reactive. You must identify the things that only you can do (meaning no one can fill this role) and the things that can be delegated, with directions. Many leaders struggle with truly letting go, but how can you steer the ship if you are also playing every other role on the boat. THE SHIP WILL SINK!
In conclusion, take the time to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a leader. What about your team or the strengths that will be required of the person that you are hiring. Whether it’s a 2 man shop or 200 man shop following these 5 qualities an effective leader will allow you and your team to operate successfully.
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