There are many schools of thought about what comprises good leadership, including theories that focus on leadership traits, behaviors, values, personality and character, to name just a few. Given the multiplicity of views on leadership, it is helpful to look at models that consolidate meaningful data and research to come up with an integrated view on the attributes of a good leader
There are many definitions regarding leadership but one of our favorite ones is John C Maxwell’s “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
A good leader has a futuristic vision and knows how to turn his ideas into real-world success stories.
The characteristics of those in charge correlated to their ability to accomplish their goals. Just as importantly, those same traits determined how much – or how little – their followers looked up to them.
After Harvard Business’ assessment of 87.000 leaders, the results showed that there are 3 elements crucial for being a good leader:
1. Creating positive relationships with other people or groups. It means staying in touch on the issues and concerns of others, balance results with concern, cooperation between others, resolve conflicts and give honest feedback.
2. Using a good judgment when making decisions and important contribution to achieving results. They must understand the technical aspects of the work as well as have a depth of experience.
3. Being a role model and set a good example, honor commitments and keep promises, and willing to go above and beyond who needs to be done.
Leaders walk their talk and do what they say they will do.
If a leader has a preference for a particular skill, they are more likely to perform better at it.Because you need to be above average on each, it is probably worth your time to focus on improving the latter.
As Daniel Goleman said: “The most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. My research, along with other recent studies, clearly shows that emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but they still won’t make a great leader.”