The first step you should take
As leaders, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and lose sight of our own needs.
However, finding fulfilment in leadership and achieving a healthy work-life balance is crucial for long-term success.
One way to do this is by shifting our focus inward.
Instead of constantly looking for external solutions, we should focus on the small decisions and actions that we make on a daily basis.
These seemingly insignificant choices can have a big impact on our lives and leadership.
When we take the time to reflect on our habits and behaviours, we can start to identify areas for improvement.
What makes up a successful leader?
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” - John F. Kennedy
Years of working with leaders, researching about leadership and working on self-leadership myself has led me to discovering the key traits of successful leaders.
Here are the 15 traits that a leader needs to develop in order to grow and progress to greatness.
Influence. Influential leaders empower others to choose certain actions and beliefs that create energy and enthusiasm in the team.
Vision. Visionary leaders like Steve Jobs communicate their hopes and dreams to their teams to have an overall sense of meaning and purpose.
Trustworthiness. Trustworthy leaders like Abraham Lincoln are reliable because they do what they promise.
Passion. Passionate leaders like Elon Musk have an infectious enthusiasm that creates a culture where team members naturally feel inspired and become more productive.
Integrity. - Honorable leaders like Gandhi have a strong sense of integrity which makes team members trust and respect what they say or do.
Dedication. Dedicated leaders keep their promises and push through challenges to achieve their goals which motivates others to show the same level of commitment.
Empathy. Empathetic leaders are emotionally intelligent people who understand their feelings and can control their own emotions. This helps them create genuine connections with the team.
Ongoing learning. Great leaders are dedicated to continued personal development because they know there is always something new they can learn or improve upon.
Respect. Respectful leaders are committed to their work and serving others. They acknowledge the qualities, abilities, achievements, rights, wishes, and feelings of others.
Servant leadership. Servant leaders like Martin Luther King create loyal teams. They encourage and motivate others to perform their best work and achieve their personal goals as well.
Resilience. Resilient leaders have the ability to keep going despite the many challenges and obstacles in achieving their vision and goals.
Flexibility. Flexible leaders thrive in frequently changing environments. They have the ability to welcome and adopt change and motivate their team members to do the same.
Authenticity. Authentic leaders are aligned with their core values and the values of their organisations on a daily basis. This makes their team members more comfortable contributing new and innovative ideas.
Vulnerability. Vulnerable leaders like Brene Brown empathise with their team, admit when they make mistakes and are open to feedback from others.
Responsibility. Responsible leaders carefully identify and address issues. They take charge and do not shirk the hard decisions.
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