One quality all great leaders possess
Updated: May 13, 2020
So many people want to be an excellent leader. How to become one? Generally, natural personality traits can help, however, the leadership skills can be acquired as well:
Read books about leadership. Some of the great reads are The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, The Leadership Challenge, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Leadership Is an Art and No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You. Anything else you would add?
Create a list of things you liked and didn’t like in your leaders. Now, think about your personality, general leadership styles and come up with a list of rules for yourself.
One thing that all great leaders do is that they make people feel good. Whatever's your plan, pay attention to how you make all members of your team feel. It’s not so easy. There are many considerations, conflicting interests and sometimes, you might even feel defensive, yet keep in mind that you are the leader and decision-maker. You can achieve whatever you want, just choose methods wisely: make people feel good!
Why and how do you think will this approach strengthen your company? Have you experienced it firsthand? Thinking about all these aspects will help you envision the leader you want to be.