While a few people are lucky to be born with leadership qualities, others manage to instill these qualities in them through the course of time; and though these qualities can be possessed by anyone, it takes a lot to properly hone leadership skills and put them to good use.
The world thinks being a leader is a piece of cake, but the truth is completely opposite. From carrying an entire team on your shoulders, to reaching a common goal while hand-holding multiple personalities, leadership sees a variety of challenges throughout. Leaders generally end up battling an array of challenges to successfully get to one common goal. A few challenges that could really take a good leader for a topsy-turvy ride, are:
Can you ever really be a leader if you lack composure? Can a successful leader make his/her way in the world without a touch of compassion? Can leaders ever really influence their team if they don’t communicate with ease? Can leaders make mountains move without having on-point collaboration? Can a good leader ever be a good leader without committing to his/her goal?
1) Instability: When a leader is not stable and continues to perform inconsistently, he/she ends up not only bringing himself/herself down, but pulls down the entire team working with them. When a leader guides a team towards a goal, mental or emotional imbalance can create major chaos amongst the team and result in a total loss of focus.
2) Harshness: A leader who possesses an attitude of indifference towards the mental and emotional needs of his/her team mates, is a leader who brings down the morale of the entire team. It is important to understand and accommodate the needs of your team to maintain harmony.
3) Disconnect: Leaders who don’t communicate with their teams, often end up with a team that loses focus and misses targets. This happens because the leader failed to understand any highs or lows that could be affecting the productivity and morale of the team.
4) Disunion: When a leader fails to unite the members of a team, he/she faces the results of a phenomenon called disunion; where members of a team end up working towards a goal without any harmony, and manage to miss because of lack of sync.
5) Denial: Leaders who live in denial, and refuse to take charge or responsibility of any given task, often tend to find themselves in situations where their teams are unable to deliver or perform.
These factors could be consciously or unconsciously embedded in the personality of leaders, and in order to combat these traits, there are five C’s that you must always remember!
Here are 5 competencies leaders need to start developing, in order to achieve excellence in their careers, and make the organisation a great place to work. These competencies have the potential to change the culture of any work place, and bring about a rise in new leaders who observe and influence their teams more efficiently.
A Leader Observes – Nurtures and Influences the System.
If all these questions have got you in a bunch, let’s sit you down with a warm cup of coffee and give you an insight into what leadership requires from any person.
Composure: A trait that can help remain calm in the most stressful situations, and help fine leaders make level-headed and informed decisions.
Compassion: Being a compassionate leader helps you gain the trust and loyalty of your team, which ensures that the team gives you their best version to work with.
Communication: A leader who communicates is a leader who has taken his team one step closer to success; because successful communication is what opens the doorway to focus and performance.
Collaboration: Leaders who promote the habit of collaboration in their team, ensure that the team works together as a whole and leverages the best out of each member on the team.
Commitment: A leader who is committed and responsible, becomes a positive catalyst for the team to achieve their goals and exceed expectations.
A leader is one, who leaves behind a string of more leaders. Now that you know the secrets to being a good leader, who would you rather be? A person who dictates his/her team to the end goal, or a person who observes, influences, nurtures, and helps employees grow to their best possible version?