There will always be a person in an organization that stands out among the group. A natural born leader, he will always be looked upon as a mentor or as a role model. While there are natural born leaders, there are those who are struggling just to get some attention.
A good leader won’t have a hard time influencing others; naturally, people will follow an effective leader. One who demonstrated a passion on his work will inspire others to attain a vision. Lee Lacocca is a classic example of this determination. During the 1980’s, Chrysler’s fortune reached its lowest. To show his confidence that the company would regain its footing, Lacocca cut his salary to only $1! Obviously, the company survived and continues to flourish at present.
Aside from the sheer determination exhibited by Lee, there are many other characteristics that a leader should possess. Some are innate to an individual while others can be learned and developed. Some of these important qualities are:
1. Humility. Definitely, humility is one of the most important attributes to be a leader. In spite of enormous accomplishments, a manager who remains to be humble will ultimately win the trust and respect of his subordinates.
2. A team player. Getting into the team isn’t just leading them but living with them. Knowing, meeting, training, inspiring, and growing with the team are essential acts that can be done to be a good team player. Cooperative moves can be instrumental to attaining success.
3. Punctual and visible. A good leader is always seen. Being punctual is one good reflection of the seriousness towards a job. Being seen also means regular visitation to each unit; not just to criticize or check the work but for some pleasantries. Listening to other’s points of views can inspire the employees and make them feel important.
4. Give trust and empower his subordinates. A leader empowers and gives other a say in minor decisions. Empowerment is a good sign that a leader is trusting. Delegation of work can lessen workloads and develop confidence among the work force.
5. Thinker. Continuous learning and acquisition of thoughts necessitates a leader’s everyday work. Good leadership encompasses mind boggling situations wherein a manager should think and draw his inferences.
Workplace can be analogous to a war zone with lots of problems and conflicts to solve but having a good leader can be one of the keys to resolving all of these. A leader, no matter how excellent carries some imperfections. Being a good leader at work not only needs managerial skills but the soft skills that include feelings and empathy among co-workers.