Top 7 Qualities Of Leadership

Top 7 Qualities Of Leadership

Although there are many qualities necessary to be a leader in a specific situation,
these qualities should be common to all.
1. Good Memory
To enable them to recall people’s names, and the few essential facts that are
pertinent to a wide range of problems.
2. A Genuine Interest In People
Those that you are responsible for leading will know at once if you are
genuinely interested in them and particularly in their development. Show this
– and you create that personal bond that is essential to the success of your
team. You cannot fake an interest in people – they always find you out. A
leader can only be successful by ensuring the success of every individual in
the team.
3. Integrity
If the team has cause to doubt the integrity of its leader, then it will fail when
the team is exposed to stress or a risk. If a person is capable of minor lapses
in their personal integrity – they fail to “keep faith” – then they could let their
own team members down when they are under pressure. Once the team
doubts the leader, that doubt greatly limits their chances of the fullest
success.
4. The Ability To Communicate Effectively
A good leader must be able to talk – and write – simply, clearly and
persuasively. They must also listen and digest information intently.
Communication is a two way process.
5. Decisiveness
There is a time when a decision must be made and a risk taken, even though
the facts may be incomplete. A leader must recognise when further analysis is
unprofitable and action is needed. It helps if the cost of changing the decision
is known. if the cost is low, the risk is low.
6. The Ability To Relax
If the team is kept tense and under pressure, irritation arises and
performance fails. this is overcome by deliberately introducing a “break” just
a light remark or opportunity for laughter. The importance lays in the
frequency and the need for the “break” to be related to the task or the people
not “a funny story”. The break should be brief even momentary. It should
also come at an opportune moment.
7. Genuine Enthusiasm
Inner conviction – belief in the team and the objectives before it – gives rise to
enthusiasm. This must be visible to the members of the team. It provides the
“motive power” they use to tackle their jobs with courage and hope. If the
leader has no belief in the task why should their team even attempt it?