Leadership is not about the position you hold or the authority you command; it doesn’t matter if you are a manager, CEO or president. These are leadership qualities and leadership skills that you can develop in any role you take on in life.
You can be a leader whatever your role and whatever the context: at home, at school, at work or in the community.
What is Leadership? It’s a quality that compels people to follow, to motivate themselves, to feel valued, to rise to the occasion.
An effective leader is not defined by their words, but rather by their leadership style. He is someone who understands the impact he has and who takes the challenge seriously.
Even if you are part of a collaborative team or partnership, leadership training is necessary to advance group goals. Employees need someone to look up to, kids need someone to emulate, and everyone needs someone to oversee the execution of the vision.
In short, the purpose of leadership is to inspire action to get things done.
Many people possess intelligence, decisiveness, drive and other skills such as communicationplan and delegate, but they lack the intangibles of leadership, that is, they lack the qualities that make a difference to people and results.
If you have these 7 personality traits, you are definitely leadership material:
1. You are a visionary
Some people are able to envision the future and paint such a compelling picture for others that they want to go with them.
It is goal-oriented, focused and inspiring leadership.
2. You are authentic
Authentic leaders act in truth. Their words and actions are congruent, and this goes a long way towards build reliability and trust.
On top of that, being genuine makes them very likable and someone people want to follow.
3. You are curious
A wise leader has an open mind and gathers facts before jumping to conclusions. They listen more than they speak and seek to understand.
This allows them to respond instead of react – finding the best solution while making people feel heard.
4. You show compassion
Effective leaders know that connecting with people on an emotional level is the only way to gain their commitment and engage them. To do this, they must be able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.
This compassion goes far beyond empathy – it is the willingness to act on their behalf to improve their situation. Quite simply, kindness matters.
5. You are conscientious
Being conscientious is more than doing thorough, thorough and good work. It’s about taking personal responsibility and living from an inner sense of right and wrong.
Leaders will never win by taking shortcuts, blaming others, or rejecting morality. In fact, studies now show that conscientiousness is even more predictive of success than intelligence.
6. You show courage
When a leader shows couragethey show that they are optimistic in the face of obstacles.
There is an element of risk taking, but not recklessness. They don’t stop when the going gets tough. They rally the troops and call the brave!
7. You are humble
Of all these traits, humility is the most essential and the rarest. Leaders who embody it become vulnerable with their people, admit their mistakes and learn from them. They are able to contain their ego and think in terms of “us”.
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Because they are sure of themselves and have human fallibility, they are able to freely share their power. This makes them much more influential as a result. True humility empowers others.
If you checked the boxes on this list, you are ahead of most leaders because you truly understand the concept of true leadership.
The people around you will be thrilled to travel with you and strive to become better people and thriving contributors.
If you don’t naturally possess these qualities, the good news is that you can still hone your strengths and become a better leader through coaching and mentoring.
Ask yourself if leadership is for you — and it doesn’t have to be for everyone. What motivates you to become a leader and if you are ready to commit to greater self-awarenesspractice and the necessary feedback make all the difference.
Lisa Petsinis is a Certified Life Coach who works with dedicated moms who want to give their best to their families and create a life they will love.