Qualities of Good Leadership

Leadership can comprise many different elements and most people would have a hard time really explaining what it means to be a good leader. However, most people recognize good leadership when they see it or experience it firsthand. Knowing good leadership can certainly help improve one’s quality of life, but understanding how to actually become a good leader is probably the most important factor to achieving your own successful career and life.

Vision

Foresight is an invaluable trait. A leader who is always seeing new trends and new opportunities regardless of the climate will achieve much greater things than one who rests on his or her laurels and becomes complacent.

Self Awareness

It is very important for a leader to be aware of the abilities he or she possesses and how those abilities impact others. It is a necessity to be able to see and understand other’s points of view and to anticipate how those around you will react to your personality and the decisions that you make.

Trustworthiness

Trust is at the core of all good relationships. Without it, there can be no healthy, or productive environments, either in work or personal situations. It is important to note that people will be more willing to give their best to you if they know they are always getting the best from you. As a leader, people are looking to you to display integrity and they want to know that they are placing their trust in someone who is a safe, reliable choice.

The Ability To Inspire

It is necessary to be able to guide people and inspire them rather than push them to believe something. A collective goal is much more easily attainable if all members of the team are motivated and excited to participate in the process of moving the organization forward.

Self Esteem

How one feels about his or herself can have a huge impact on how others perceive them as well as their effectiveness at taking charge of a group. Low self esteem will undermine even those that do actually possess some leadership qualities and prevent them from truly taking charge and leading with authority.

Responsibility

An effective leader should always take full responsibility for his or her actions. Blaming others, justifying  or making excuses is always a mistake. A good leader will not only take responsibility, but will shield their team from negative consequences and go to bat for them.

Empathy

The ability of a person to look at things from another’s point of view is known as empathy. A leader should be able to empathize and see from another’s perspective. A leader with empathy is also more open to feedback about himself. It is important to be in touch with others and understand their problems and viewpoints. These types of leaders are most effective in managing themselves and managing relationships.

Although the above qualities contribute to the success of leadership, the relative importance of qualities cannot be stated categorically. The success of leadership also depends upon the attitude and opinions of the followers/team members. Every situation is unique and must be treated as such. However, someone not only possessing, but truly grasping the aforementioned qualities will be well on the way to becoming a truly effective leader who inspires others to be the best that they can be in any given situation.