There are numerous adjectives associated with leaders and some of these include:
- Proactivity: The strength to achieve and manage our objectives.
- Responsibility: Taking accountability for our errors and making them right.
- Confidence: Being able to offer new ideas and having the self-assurance in ourselves and our abilities.
- Harmony: Being a team player, presenting decisions, and acting in-line with the company’s values.
- Impulse: That drive that gets us to the office early and keeps us focused throughout the day.
- Interest: Having the strength and “juice” to master any challenges we come across.
- Motivation: The strength to move people toward a cause that is bigger than oneself.
- Self-awareness: Knowing ourselves, our strengths, our flaws and taking on the challenge of becoming better.
How to inject them in yourself? Let’s find out.
You can pick up the skill while working
If you want to be a prominent leader, the best way to become one is to get close to a person who already exhibits excellent leadership practices. Stay by them as much as you can, learn everything you can from them, watch them, particularly in the tough times; get to know how they think and how they make decisions. Most importantly, recognize those unique character traits that set them apart and inculcate those within yourself.
Competencies need Patience. A large part of your leadership development should be on developing rapport, creating awareness, inspiring and active listening skills. Developing leadership competencies takes longer, it takes patience, practice, and it is mostly an individual journey of reading yourself, your concerns, and what makes you tick.
Emotional Intelligence defines your leadership
Management is mostly about the ‘head’. It’s control and planning, problem-solving, written communications and more – and organisations need to have people who excel at these purposes. There’s no doubt that to be skilled at any of the things above, there is a certain level of intelligence (IQ) needed. However, this is management. Leadership, on the other hand, is all about the heart, its emotions, feelings, bonds and sense of values and respect. It’s about being conscious of ourselves and being able to read others. These skills are much more intangible and are usually referred to as ‘soft-skills’ – they’re called this because they’re much more challenging to grasp. People who exhibit these skills have high Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Real leaders, and individuals who are, in general, happier in life, have an extraordinary level of EQ.
Leadership shares a symbiotic relationship with Business Strategy
The most significant influence on both an organisation’s present business strategy and the business’s future is formulating how a leader leads the team. There needs to be an evident vision for the organisation and every leader should be able to pronounce that vision along by implementing the intended strategy. Every leader should be able to illustrate that the work they do on a day to day basis moves the organisation a little closer to finally implementing the business strategy that has only been a part of board room discussions since long.