A good leader will always stand out from the rest. While there are absolutely a lot of people who can perform their duties well, not everyone is capable of leading.
Let’s take for example a teacher who excels in imparting knowledge to his students. While he/she may be looked up to as a truly good teacher, he/she may not be that capable in being the head of the faculty. So, distinguishing whether an individual possesses the qualities of a leader is another thing besides knowing one’s performance. These are indeed entirely 2 different things.
Effective leadership is the ability to lead and be followed without intimidating others. Certainly, every organization needs a leader. In all cases, leaders are the ones that make people move. They are the motivating factors. The same goes in Internet marketing or in anything involving a team setting. How then can you recognize if who you are following really has the makings and the leadership qualities that you should be looking for?
One of the leadership qualities that must be present is vision. A great leader has a clear picture of where he is going. This is crucial because he will lead others to the path that he is traveling. Unless he is so sure of his direction, he won’t be able to effectively lead his team and worse, his followers will be straying one by one until he is all alone in his vision-less journey.
Talking about vision, you have to watch this video
How will others look up to you if you don’t have one of the leadership qualities that is, integrity. Integrity is the synchronization of outward actions and inner values. In short, a leader of integrity is someone who is the same inside, out. Some of the signs of integrity include predictable reactions, honest dealings, well-controlled emotions and absence of tantrums, hostility or harsh outbursts.
Being creative is one of the many leadership qualities too. A great leader is no copycat. He always has his imagination moving and has his own ways of attacking things and putting ideas into reality. Nobody wants a leader who mimics another leader. If this is the case, then followers are wise enough to shift to that other leader who their leader is imitating. After all, leadership is all about being unique. Creativity catches people’s attention and earns people’s respect.
Sense of fairness
An effective leader takes no sides and gives credit where it is due. The word “bias” is never in his vocabulary. This is one of the numerous leadership qualities that most followers are searching for. Of course, everyone is in constant search for motivation and one would continue being motivated if they feel appreciated and valued by their leader – EQUALLY.
Sense of humor
Alright, this is one leadership quality that many leaders fail to possess. Even if you are leading others, you must not focus on your authority and lose your sense of humor. I bet you’d like to be followed out of respect and not out of fear. Never lose that element of fun in your leadership. Be interesting. Breathe some air into the connotation of a leader that is, strict. Loosen up a bit and make yourself approachable and a fun leader to follow. Trust me, sense of humor does a lot of wonders especially in awkward and not so pleasant situations so always keep it handy.
Leaders are not born but made. So, if you are fretting because you have only checked one or two of these leadership qualities that I’ve shared with you, forget it and instead focus on developing yourself and knowing everything that you need to know. Remember, experiences shape people. Who knows, after a lot of exposures and trainings, you will find yourself armed with the necessary leadership qualities that you aren’t aware would bloom at the right time?
Thank you very much for your kind mention! Yes, being a copycat is not a trait of great leaders.
I really enjoyed this post and agree with all of the qualities of good leaders you mention above. One I would like to add if I may…A good leader is not ashamed to admit his or her mistakes. It shows that he or she is humble and human and has learned from whatever mistakes made in the past. It also shows the commitment to their followers to help them not to make the same mistakes.
Thanks for sharing your insights!
@ Ilka Flood:
Thanks for the comment and including another great point to the leadership qualities. Admitting mistake is a great leadership quality. All the great leaders showed it.
Nice post. A good testing ground for any leader is to lead an online community. There you have to inspire a community of people without having any of the traditional ‘levers’ of leading a professional team. People aren’t paid and you can’t sack them if they don’t perform. Instead you have to tap into more intrinsic motivators to lead the community. It’s a good test of your metal.
Awesome post, Annetta. Everything rises and falls on leadership. I feel that integrity is one of the most important attributes of a leader. When a leader has integrity, people will follow them through thick and thin no matter the circumstances.
I think that people can learn to become leaders through practice and education. One great book that has helped me is a book by John Maxwell called “Developing the Leader Within You.” Great read!
Thanks for sharing!
@ Adi Gaskell:
That’s an awesome input. Thanks!
@ Etieno Etuk:
I certainly agree with you. Integrity is a very vital leadership attribute. It connects you to people, and makes people follow and trust you.
Let me check that book myself. I find the title interesting. Thanks for sharing .