The 4 Qualities Effective Leaderâ€™s Have
Before you lead a team…
I have come across many people in my time as aÂ student leader. Throughout all the different interactions I have had with many of my fellow peers, they all have an abundanceÂ of different qualities that make them all exceptional leaders. There are, however, four core characteristics that make them successful leaders.
To be a leader you can not be impulsive in your decision-making. Trusting your instincts is important but, there is a difference betweenÂ going with your gut and reacting from your emotions. It is always important to analyze the intended and unintended consequences of every choice you make. Being able to stand back and ask yourself important questions such as, â€śIs this venture worth the risk? Should we worry about this issue now or leave it on the side to addressÂ other pressing matters?â€ť, is very important to do as a leader. Every Â decision you make affects the ones that will beÂ made in the future; having clarity is the only way you will be able to lead a team to greatness.
In anything that you do, whetherÂ nowÂ or in the future, there will always be ways for you to further develop and improve yourself as an asset to the group. Always seek opportunities to grow and the best way to Â do so is to keep an open mind and be willing to learn from anyone, not just people in your immediate network. One of the best ways to constantly learn besides reading every day is toÂ continuouslyÂ engage with people you do not normally converse with. Learning about new cultures and different social topics makes it easier to build rapport with people in any situation, which is very important for a leader. You can only stay the leader of a group so long as you grow with it.
I am a strong believer that a leader is the one person who knows how to serve the groupâ€™s purpose the best. A leader is not someone who works toÂ meetÂ his own agenda (surely most leaders get their positions with determination andÂ desireÂ as two key pillars that drive them) but is someone who works toÂ carry outÂ the goals and aspirations of everyoneÂ Â involvedÂ within the team. WhenÂ given a positionÂ of power that can decide the future ofÂ an entireÂ group of people, the responsibilities of the leaderÂ should not beÂ taken lightly. Being able to understandÂ the importance ofÂ your role, not only for yourselfÂ but, for everyone else is key to sustaining a team and achieving success for all.
IÂ struggle with this every day. Being the most significant quality in a leader, honing this skill is a must in order to be successful. Delegating tasks is not only important for the health of a leader but more importantly, it lets other members of the teamÂ have the opportunityÂ to further propel their growth and possibly become leaders themselves. You are never truly done leading a team until it is able to survive without you. This can only be achieved if you give others the chance to tackle challenges and obstacles without you. Donâ€™t be afraid to trust your teammates with hard tasks. Staying concernedÂ with issues, present and potential, as well as opportunities that may arise in the future is what should be your main priority.