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PD continues his series on self-development. In this issue he explores what makes a good leader, one that people respect and follow. Whether you are in charge of two people or a large company, or merely at home, makes no difference; the attributes should be the same.
ARE YOU A LEADER?
Anyone can be promoted to a leadership position, but not everyone has the personality to be a true leader.
Some of the characteristics that are required are:
Leading by example. A leader does not just tell others what to do. A true leader is willing to do those things himself or herself, and to help out whenever necessary.
Even temperament. A leader never “loses it”. He or she stays calm in any situation. When others panic, a leader will assess the situation, formulate a plan and act to calm everyone else.
Being realistic. A leader will objectively assess any situation, no matter how dire, and plan how to deal with it, while giving his or her people hope.
Kind and fair. A leader does not play favourites or pit people against each other. A leader will always treat people fairly, however if necessary, is prepared to be tough.
Valuing others. A leader places value on his or her team, and is willing to consider other points of view before making a decision.
Flexibility. A leader has to be flexible. Situations change, and flexible thinking, and being willing to alter goals and actions is essential to success.
Communication. A leader should communicate effectively with his or her team. The situation and reason for any decision should be explained clearly. He or she knows that some things cannot be openly discussed, however these should be kept to a minimum, and should never be used to surprise or mislead the team.
Trust. A leader has to be trusted if he or she is to have the loyalty of the team. A leader must never lie, betray anyone or be duplicitous.
Sense of humour. Although not strictly necessary, a sense of humour goes a long way in a leader. Things cannot be serious all of the time.
NEXT ISSUE: Are your meetings just a boring waste of time Is the main activity people looking at their watches, anxiously waiting for the end of the meeting so that they can get on with work? Then you need some of PDs tips that every leader should know.