6 Leadership Traits You That All Employees Need To Master
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6 Leadership Traits You That All Employees Need To Master

6 Leadership Traits You That All Employees Need To Master
6 Leadership Traits You (The Employee) Need To Develop On-The-Job
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They would rather take a bit longer and ensure that integrity is maintained rather than pursue a less righteous path. They are honest, forthright, and controlled to ensure that others feel comfortable in approaching them with information and ideas. This ability to build trust generates followers that are highly loyal.


  #1. Vision

Leaders have a clear vision of where they want to go, specifically related to an organization, how they will grow it into a well known business with a recognizable brand that differentiates it from its competition. However, vision alone is not enough.

Leaders not only have this vision but are able to develop and implement a plan for success. Passion and drive complete the picture; leaders are also able to share their vision and generate support from others to fulfill the goal.

Key components:
  • A compelling story of the future is engaging; it captures the heart, forces you to pay attention. Those who hear it want to be a part of it somehow. And they are moved.
  • What does your future look like – what's the image? If others could travel into the future with you, what would they find? A well-crafted leadership vision is described in concrete terms that are easy to visualize and remember.
  • The story of your future should be a stretch, but it must be achievable, too. If it were not achievable, you would have little motivation to even bother trying.
  • Finally, future simply means out there – some time from this moment forward, but not so far away that's it's out of reach


#2. Focus And Discipline

Strong leaders are disciplined. They set priorities and single-mindedly create a set of actions that they fulfill. This focus enables them to drive action and achieve results. You can spot a good leader because they are so focused on the goal while inspiring and encouraging others to participate.


Key components:

  • Write your goals every day. The act of writing them down keeps your goals in the forefront of your thinking. Make sure your goals are realistic and measurable, and review them daily.
  • Schedule difficult tasks first. Don't put off the hard things until later. Get them out of the way at the beginning of your day, so you won't have them hanging over your head. Then you can get back to the tasks that are more enjoyable and close your day with a strong sense of accomplishment.
  • Schedule time, not completion. When you have important work to do, it can be difficult to guess when you might finish it. Instead of obsessing about finishing, focus on starting. Schedule a specific time to work on the task, and stick to that schedule. Starting is more than half the battle.
  • Keep a reverse "to do" list. Get a logbook and write down your accomplishments at the end of the day. This will remind you of your progress. Knowing you are going to write down your achievements will help you focus on getting things done

 #3. Trust And Values

At the core of every true leader is a trust and value system that hinges on integrity. Leaders display a genuine character and never sway from a truthful path. Leaders do not take short cuts that have the potential to harm the business.

They would rather take a bit longer and ensure that integrity is maintained rather than pursue a less righteous path. They are honest, forthright, and controlled to ensure that others feel comfortable in approaching them with information and ideas. This ability to build trust generates followers that are highly loyal.

Remember to:

  • Follow through with what they say they will do
  • Walk the talk and keep their promises
  • Actions are consistent with stated values
  • Do the right thing even when there is pressure not to do so
  • Stand behind whatever they are asking someone to do
  • Make decisions based on what's good for the organization
  • Back other employees up
  • Have faith employees can do the task without checking; don't doubt them
  • Keep confidential information confidential


#4. Shared Success And Shared Failure

Great leaders share success with others, and also failures as well. They have the ability to credit others with success and also take responsibility for failures. The ability to take the good with the bad and share it all is the hallmark of a leader. 

Things to consider:

  • Embrace Failure as A Side Effect of Innovation.
  • You May Fail, But Progress is Worth It.
  • Run Towards Your Mistakes and Learn from Them.
  • Mistakes Will Be Made. You Can't Always Please Everyone, But Focus on What You're Good At.


#5. Humility

"We are all human." Leaders recognize and embrace this. They do not put themselves on any pedestals but treat others the way they expect to be treated and work to support the overall efforts of a group. They are receptive to new ideas and realize that they are not the only ones that can foster change.

A good leader listens and can accept that a different way of doing things might be better than maintaining an existing situation. They do not judge but are open, establishing trust and mutual respect.

#6. Humor

Above all leaders can use humor to create camaraderie and generate support. There is nothing like a good dose of laughter to diffuse a tough situation.

There is no doubt that some people are born leaders. However, those traits need to be nurtured to realize their full potential. So there is more than a dash of molding that needs to be thrown into the pot and stirred to 'produce' someone who can truly inspire, motivate, and lead others to achieve greatness. If you aspire to be one of these people, then it's time to start developing your leaderships skills.

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