Do you look at your boss and think, I could do that? Leadership is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot more than what you find on a resume. First, you need patience, discipline and a willingness to be flexible. Being a leader means people are looking to you to set an example. Make it a positive one. Setting a good example also inspires loyalty and keeps morale up, both of which are very important for successful leaders. As a leader you must always practice what you preach. Do not follow the “do as I say, not as I do” line of thought. Those you hope to lead will not work with you if you give mixed signals.
A good leader also must have an open mind and being willing to learn. In fact, the learning process should be life long, and not stop once you get that degree or reach a certain level. Being willing to learn is crucial. So is being willing to admit when you are wrong. Stubbornness can be a good thing-sometimes. In others it can cause serious damage to your company, goals and team. It’s important to know when to stand your ground and when to compromise.
To be a good leader you absolutely must be a good communicator. For examples of a good and bad communicator, compare speeches by President Obama and President Trump. Regardless of where your political beliefs lie, you’ll see a clear difference. Being a good communicator means the ability to inspire, excite and reassure your team. Click here to understand more.
Passion is also important. You must believe in your organizations goals and mission statement. You can’t excite your troops if you’re not feeling it yourself. You’ll also need a tough hide. Leading a team means you’re going to get a lot of feedback, and it won’t always be good. You’ll also have to have the strength to terminate or layoff employees when necessary and deliver bad news about the company. These things come with the territory, as do natural disasters, unsuccessful product launches, tough economies and other stressful and unpleasant circumstances. You have to be ready for anything and be able to roll with the punches. Being a leader takes a strong character and flexibility. Do you have what it takes? Do an honest self-inventory and see for yourself.