The sixth president of United States, John Quincy Adams once quoted “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. While all of us want to become leaders, not many of us understand the art of leadership and the qualities that are required to become a good leader. All great leaders possess certain traits that enable them to lead and achieve their vision. So today, let us take a look at 5 qualities that define good leadership.
- Clarity of vision
It is extremely important to have a clear vision in order to achieve something in life. A leader can only lead people towards achieving a certain goal, if he himself is clear about his own vision. If a leader doesn’t know where he wants to reach, then it is likely that his entire team will be directionless. A clear vision ensures that everyone has a direction to follow moreover; it also gives the leader a clear idea as to how to lead his team. Clarity of vision also helps a leader to communicate his ideas in a better manner and set goals that will take him closer to his vision. Thus, if you are someone who aspires to become a leader, it is extremely important for you to have a clear aim and it is equally important to set goals that help you to achieve your vision.
A leader should always lead by an example hence; he needs to be dedicated and hard working in order to make sure his team follows him. There is no greater motivation for a team than to see their leader working as hard as they are. A dedicated leader not only earns the respect of his team but also injects the same hard working energy in all individuals of the team. As a leader, if you gain the respect of your team then it ensures that your team supports you in tough situations and also they are more likely to deliver the peak amount of quality work possible.
- Confidence and optimism
Not every time in life do we achieve success, however; a good leader will always remain confident and positive no matter what happens. Not every time things go according to plan but as a leader, it is important to not panic and maintain team morale. It is important to stay calm and learn from a setback in order to make sure that there is still a strong focus on the greater goal. If the leader remains confident then the entire team takes cues from him. Not only the leader needs to be confident, he also needs to be optimistic. A leader needs take a risk and needs to believe that his team will achieve the long term objective.
When we think about great leaders, people like Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King immediately come to mind. One trait that was common amongst all of these leaders is empathy. These leaders were able to understand the problems and hardships that their people were suffering from. Thus, it was due to this understanding; they were able to become the leaders who played a key role in improving the lives of their followers. If one wants to become a good leader, then one needs to be emotionally intelligent to understand the point of view of other individuals
- Cognitive adaptability
It has been established that a leader should be a visionary, therefore; he should always be ready for any potential setbacks that may occur in his/her path. A leader should always be aware of what is happening around him/her and should be prepared for any potential setbacks. A leader should always have a contingency plan ready and should be flexible enough to listen to new ideas that come his/her way. A leader needs to be aware of technological and social changes within his/her region and he should be willing to act accordingly and adapt these changes if they prove to be beneficial.
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