Organizations thrive when they have the right leader in charge. Additionally, the impact a leader has on an organization can have a much greater effect than the decisions they make. This article discusses why leaders are important, and the 10 essential qualities that all great leaders possess. They include being able to:
- inspire others
- delegate tasks
- set the tone
- lead by example
- get the best out of their team
- make tough decisions
- support their team
- possess drive and determination
- have a vision
- effectively communicate
1. Leaders Inspire Others
The ability to inspire others to perform their best is an important skill to possess. You’ll notice that some of the best leaders throughout history were all able to inspire those around them. Examples can be seen in politics, successful executives, or captains of professional sports teams,
When you are inspired, you feel as though nothing can stop you. It is when you are inspired that you dream bigger, are more productive, and less likely to be distracted by background noise.
2. Leaders Can Delegate Tasks
Choosing the right individual for the job at hand is half the battle. Leaders are important because they are not only able to delegate tasks, but successfully delegate them to the right individual. A leader is aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their team and can delegate tasks accordingly.
Public speaking in front of a full room might not be in the skill-set of one individual. However, they might have high emotional intelligence and perform better with one-on-one interactions. The ability of a leader to recognize the different skills of their team helps to ensure:
- the best person is chosen to complete a specific job, and
- that each individual knows they are providing value because they have been chosen to do something they are skilled at; this helps boost morale
3. Leaders Set The Tone
Leaders are important because they set the tone of how the organization operates.
If there is a lazy leader in charge, subordinates will recognize this. As a result, the work environment of the organization might start to shift this way.
Employees may begin to have the following thought: ‘if the boss is showing up late every day and taking long lunches, why should I put in all this extra effort?’
Alternatively, when a leader is someone who is hard-working, promotes a positive atmosphere, shows up early and leaves late, subordinates will recognize that they should act in a similar manner.
A leader can set the tone of an organization by their actions, subordinates pay more attention to this than you may think.
4. Leaders Lead By Example
Put quite simply, a leader is someone who leads by example. Their actions speak for themselves.
Others look up to leaders and realize, “If they can do it, so can I.” As a result, it motivates and inspires individuals to be more like the leader they look up to.
A lot of individuals lack the confidence to believe they can do it. ‘It’ can relate to many different scenarios in life such as business, sports, family, marriage, etc.
When you can see an individual in a position you wish to be in or living the life you want to live, it becomes a reality. While the leader maybe a few steps ahead of where you currently are, it proves to you that whatever you are trying to achieve is possible.
5. Leaders Knows How To Get The Best Out Of Their Team
A leader recognizes that what may work for one member of their team, might not work for another.
For example, Jason does great work when he stays on task but is easily distracted. Therefore, he needs frequent reminders to stay on track in order to meet his deadlines.
Alternatively, Tim can complete his work independently but sometimes lacks the self-confidence in his ability to make important decisions. A bi-weekly meeting with Tim helps him discuss decisions he may be struggling with and reassure him to keep creating great content.
Leaders are important because they recognize the skill-set of each team member and how to get each individual’s best performance.
6. Leaders Can Make The Tough Or Unpopular Decisions
As with any leadership role, there are always critical decisions to be made. Leaders are important because they are able to make those decisions, even when they may be tough to make or unpopular.
Many individuals can efficiently make decisions that will be received well by their subordinates. Examples could be deciding to increase workers pay, presenting awards, or increasing vacation time for employees.
However, others might shy away from unpopular decisions. These decisions could include laying employees off because of a lack of work, choosing which of two employees will receive a promotion, or announcing there will not be a year-end bonus.
Leaders are important because they can make both popular and unpopular decisions. And after a decision has been made, they move on.
7. Leaders Support Their Team
A leader is someone who others can turn to when they are unsure or have doubts. Furthermore, a leader has the skillset and experience to help out team members when they are struggling.
At times, everyone needs someone to look up to for guidance. As a leader, you will often be the one to provide guidance to members of your team. For example, you could be optimistic when they are struggling to see the big picture, or supportive in difficult situations, or review their work and offer helpful suggestions.
When individuals look up to you as a leader, it is important you make yourself available to support them in times of need.
8. Leaders Are Driven And Determined
Regardless of the industry, for an organization to be successful, you need driven individuals who are willing to sacrifice more than others. Leaders are important because they will go to lengths that others won’t, to achieve what they have set out to do.
It comes as no surprise that leaders are successful. When others have finished their duties for the day, leaders are still working and looking for ways to improve. They have the drive and ambition to keep focused on big-picture goals when it feels like they aren’t making progress.
9. Leaders Have a vision
Leaders are important because they have a vision of where the organization is headed. Many individuals go about their day without giving much thought to the big picture.
They are happy to do their work and go home. A leader lives and breathes what they do. It might even consume their life.
They have goals in mind for the foreseeable future and have created plans on how they will achieve them. Leaders can look beyond the day-to-day activities and see how different pieces of the puzzle all play a role as their vision unfolds.
10. Leaders Have Effective Communication Skills
A great leader is one who has effective communication skills.
Regardless of the leadership role, you have to effectively communicate what it is that you require when people look to you for direction. Leaders communicate in several different ways such as through speaking, written words, and their actions.
When subordinates turn to leaders for advice, support, or feedback, they have to be able to clearly communicate.
The realization that there are 86,400 seconds each day. What are you doing today, so that tomorrow you are a step closer to where you want to be? If not now, then when?
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