Leadership, and becoming a better leader seems to be a quality many aspire to achieve. What is it that makes leaders effective? Here is a list of seven behaviors and traits that all great leaders seem to possess.
They are energy efficient
To be a top athlete – you need to have prolonged and sustained high performance. The sames goes for leadership. Great leaders make sure they manage stress. They take the time out to relax and renew.
They have a passionate purpose
Leaders have the ability to enroll and inspire others to action. In order to do that they have a purpose and passion that is apparent to anyone that comes into contact with them. Having a meaning or purpose is important if you want to enroll others.
When the going gets tough, leaders are able to take things in stride. They often use humor to lighten things up – easing the stress of the people around them.
They make building and keeping relationships a priority
Leaders, especially successful ones, have the ability to nurture existing relationships as well as build new ones. They make time for the people in their lives. It takes a great deal of effort and energy to keep both professional and personal relationships and connections thriving – but successful people make this a high priority in their day.
They play to their strengths
Leaders know what their strengths are – so they play to them. They also have an ability to surround themselves with people who make up for their weaknesses.
They are positive minded
Great leaders manage pessimistic thinking. They are good at compartmentalizing and don’t let adversity in one area of their life seep over into other areas.
The create their own L.U.C.K.
In a leader’s eyes – luck stands for Laboring Under Correct Knowledge. Because they possess both perseverance and passion – they go the extra mile to make things happen. A study was conduced of an incoming class of West Point cadets to find out why some cadets dropped out – while others continued. They found the group who had “grit”. Meaning they pursued goals with passion, didn’t back down from challenges and got up quickly from failure to try again. Researchers found it had little to do with who was more athletic, well-rounded or smarter. The quality of “grit” was a better predictor of success for cadets than IQ. Great leaders are not quitters.
What other traits and behaviors do you admire in leaders?