Attributes of Influential Leaders

 Leadership, defined as the process of guiding a group of people to accomplish a shared goal, is an art. Effective leaders skillfully empower and motivate their team to achieve success. Here are 5 attributes that keen, influential leaders possess:

Humility

 It is very important for a leader to be humble and to not see themselves as better than others. With this quality, influential leaders take the time to learn and benefit from others. They can recognize the strengths of others and channel it for the greater good of the entire team. As well, humility allows great leaders to acknowledge their own faults and weaknesses. In doing so, a good leader is able to recognize opportunities for growth and improvement. Humility allows leaders to succeed because they are less likely to overshadow members of their team and they create a productive and collaborative work environment where everyone feels heard and appreciated.

 Confidence

 Another important trait in a leader is confidence. An effective leader is confident in both themselves and their team. A leader who wholeheartedly believes in themselves and their team is one that generates a motivational environment for everyone to thrive and prosper. Confidence in a leader is reflected through passion and will encourage others to feel the same way. A confident leader will accomplish their tasks well. A leader who has confidence in their team indirectly conveys to them a sense of trust and respect.

 Authenticity

 Down-to-earth leaders are often more well-respected by their peers and team. By being genuine and authentic, a leader shows that what they say, how they feel, what they believe in, and what they do are all aligned. This allows the leader to share a real and true objective with their team. A leader who is genuine with their objectives and goals also instills a sense of confidence in their team. In being authentic and true to one’s self, a leader also gains credibility.

 Courage

 Courage is also a very valuable quality in an influential leader. A great leader cannot be afraid to take informed, calculated risks. Big risks may at times produce a bigger payoff. By being a courageous leader, one is able to discover new opportunities, establish new partnerships, and invest in new ideas. Despite some risks ending in failure, being courageous also instills resilience in a leader. A courageous leader motivates their entire team to be just as courageous and be willing to share their ideas, no matter how far-fetched they may seem.

 Forgiveness

 Lastly, forgiveness is a central attribute that makes an influential leader successful. It is important for leaders to remember that they and their team are only human, which means that mistakes will be made. The path to completing a project or reaching an objective is a journey, one that could include many bumps along the way. A leader should be able to forgive others, as well as themselves. By acknowledging mistakes and channeling them to be motivators for improvement, a leader is able to create a nurturing and forward-thinking environment. A forgiving leader allows mistakes to be lessons for the future, not barriers to progress. Forgiveness also allows for the leader to strengthen their bond with their team, which will inevitably serve to benefit everyone.

 It takes time and effort to be a great and influential leader, however by embodying these five attributes, one will be better equipped for success! 

Why we should stop using the term “Girl Boss”

“Girl boss”, it sounds so empowering and hopeful doesn’t it?

As if we’re headed toward gender equality in the workplace, or maybe even all around the world.

Yet once you start to consider why we use this term, we seem to take two steps back after the three steps forward we thought we were taking. Why must we put girl in front of the word boss?

When we refer to men in control at work we never think to say boy boss. In fact, I bet most of you would assume the title would become man boss instead of boy. It’s because for years we’ve seen females as ‘girls’ and males as ‘men’ and no one ever thinks twice about it. Even looking back to the 80’s where women were dressing in pant suits with shoulder pads; clothing that made them look more boxy and ‘masculine’ just to look like they belonged in the workplace. Well guess what, women do belong in the workplace! So why is it that when a woman is bold enough to strike out in the world of business we give her diminishing titles such as girl boss?

And it’s not the first time we’ve done this, look at Super Girl. She can fly and save the world, yet she’s still Super Girl, while her male counterpart is superman. It’s time that we stop this madness. Instead of calling women girls bosses, why don’t we simply call them bosses. If you’re complimenting them, just say they’re successful and talented. Don’t degrade them simply because “it’s a catchy slogan.” Embrace their fearless attitude and celebrate how well they’re doing. They’ve worked hard for their success and should be respected like any man would be.