The Quest for Leadership Part 2
By Kim Nichols
EAGER TO LEARN: Effective leaders are aware that learning is a continuous process. Therefore, they maintain some humility and refrain from coming across as a know-it-all. If they knew-it-all they would know that no one knows it all!
CREATIVE: Fostering creativity helps in solving business problems in innovative ways. An effective leader bustles with creative ideas to solve the hardest business problem tactfully. They also encourage creativity and innovation in their teams by conducting activities like brainstorming.
OPTIMISTIC: Good leaders are optimistic about the future of their organization, it transcends to the team members, who leave no stone unturned to do their best in achieving business objectives.
PASSIONATE: Leaders direct their team members toward their goals. Effective leaders are passionate about their goals having an active roll in creating them, and evoke the same emotion in their followers, who take their goals seriously and try tooth and nail to achieve them.
RESILIENT: A good leader remains unaffected by failure, and they remain perceptive and resilient in difficult situations. A resilient leader focuses on the end result and not the journey. They communicate the same to their team, who follow the footsteps of their leader and set an example.
PATIENT: Effective leaders know that mistakes and failures are inevitable. They remain patient during difficult times and offer guidance to team members who find it hard to tackle failures. A good leader works on resolving the issues, not creating more problems.
TRANSPARENT: Honest and open leaders foster a work environment that is efficient and enjoyable. An efficient leader must be transparent with their team members, making it one of the must-have qualities of a good leader. Confronting issues with honesty and transparency are basic moral behaviors we should demand as team members.
INSPIRATIONAL: An effective leader is a role model for many, from team members to colleagues. Everyone looks up to them for their dedication and hard work. They also inspire others to be the best version of themselves.
VISIONARY: Leaders are strategists who formulate various strategies for the efficient functioning of the business. Therefore, leaders are visionaries who set the company in the right direction. An effective leader’s charisma ignites the fire in people to give their best.
SELF-AWARE: Another unique quality of a good manager is that they are self-aware of their skills and knowledge. Therefore, they work on honing what they know and what they may not be an expert in.
PROBLEM SOLVER: Having problem-solving skills allows teams to effectively solve business problems and move past roadblocks. Good leaders are great problem solvers. Therefore, aspiring leaders realize there is always more to learn and room for improvement. Humility in their failures and keeping their ego in check make for a strong and respected leader.
There is no litmus test to evaluate the effectiveness of leadership. However, the above-mentioned qualities of good leaders might inspire local leaders to take their leadership rolls more seriously and strive to be better at their jobs. Those of us who willfully follow leaders without using our own discernment about whether or not we agree with the actions taken by them are responsible for allowing the seed of corruption to germinate and if left unchecked, we end up where we are now as a country. Don’t give your power away to those that aren’t as righteous as you. Don’t compromise what you know to be true, stand up for truth. Virtue is the key to liberty and freedom.
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