An influential leader is created rather than born. The common misconception that a personality consistent with boldness and control is what makes a great leader has kept many qualified men and women from transitioning into a leadership position. We have leaders occupying roles where inflated egos, pride and heavy handedness are the benchmarks of their leadership style. However, statistics show that people who feel most secure in their positions are led by leaders who display humility and appreciation for the overall team.
True leadership is displayed when confidence in their team’s abilities is as strong as, or stronger, than their own ability.
Social media has been a key factor in skewing the meaning of leadership. Social media standards say leadership is defined by the amount of the leader’s ‘following’. A leader may be followed by thousands of people, but how genuine is the impact they are making? The number of followers does not dictate the quality of leadership.
True leadership is defined by the success of the followers. A seasoned leader knows their people and how to make them feel acknowledged and appreciated. This acknowledgement and appreciation builds on the qualities that each of the team members naturally possess; which contributes to the overall greater good of the company.
The leader who believes that his assets are the reason for the success of his endeavors, has not taken the time to develop leadership skills in the rest of his team.
The ability to listen to and acknowledge the insights from others is a strength that all great leaders have. These great listeners use the feedback from their team to grow and develop. Effective leaders are visionaries, communicators, cheerleaders and delegators. Qualities such as these can transform any individual into a successful leader.
“Our research indicates that what really matters is that leaders are able to create enthusiasm, empower their people, instill confidence and be inspiring to the people around them,” says Peter Handal, chief executive of New York City-based Dale Carnegie Training, a leadership-training company.
Good leadership is one of the first steps to creating a successful business or being an irreplaceable entrepreneur. Some of the greatest leaders of our day attribute their success to the accountability of their mentors. If you are ready to hone in on your leadership qualities, NOW is the time to take the first action step.