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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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!