To some people being a leader just comes naturally for others it needs to be worked at. However it is possible for anyone to be a leader as long as they possess a few key skills and characteristics that makes a successful leader. It’s not an easy role you know.
I came across an article on the web yesterday on the University of Oregon website that pretty much summed up the characteristics of a leader to a T.
Here is a few of the Leadership Characteristics that they listed:
Proactive vs. Reactive
The exceptional leader is always thinking three steps ahead. Working to master his/her own environment with the goal of avoiding problems before they arise.
How do you handle yourself in unexpected or uncomfortable situations? An effective leader will adapt to new surroundings and situations, doing his/her best to adjust.
A Good Communicator
As a leader, one must listen…a lot! You must be willing to work to understand the needs and desires of others. A good leader asks many questions, considers all options, and leads in the right direction.
Excitement is contagious. When a leader is motivated and excited about the cause people will be more inclined to follow.
Work to consider all options when making decisions. A strong leader will evaluate the input from all interested parties and work for the betterment of the whole.
An exceptional leader will recognize the efforts of others and reinforce those actions. We all enjoy being recognized for our actions!
Open to Change
A leader will take into account all points of view and will be willing to change a policy, program, cultural tradition that is out-dated, or no longer beneficial to the group as a whole.
Interested in Feedback
How do people feel about your leadership skill set? How can you improve? These are important questions that a leader needs to constantly ask the chapter. View feedback as a gift to improve.
Evaluation of events and programs is essential for an organization/group to improve and progress. An exceptional leader will constantly evaluate and change programs and policies that are not working.
Are you prepared for meetings, presentations, events and confident that people around you are prepared and organized as well?
Confidence and respect cannot be attained without your leadership being consistent. People must have confidence that their opinions and thoughts will be heard and taken into consideration.
An exceptional leader realizes that he/she cannot accomplish everything on his own. A leader will know the talents and interests of people around him/her, thus delegating tasks accordingly.
A leader should work to be the motivator, an initiator. He/she must be a key element in the planning and implementing of new ideas, programs, policies, events, etc.
All these characteristics make a good leader. Make sure that you have these qualities and you will be sure to make a successful leader.