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8 Essential Qualities That Define Great Leadership

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Who is a leader? How do you identify and differentiate between a leader and a follower? The difference is quite obvious since a leader leads and a follower follows. However, there is more to it than this simple definition.

Any person, in a leading position, can lead. But that does not make them a leader. To be a leader, one must possess certain capabilities and nurture the growth of specific traits within their personalities. To be able to develop essential qualities and to follow them by heart is what makes a leader!

Below, we have listed 8 essential qualities which most of the great leaders possess:

1. Passion and Commitment

A leader’s job is not limited to getting a task done. Instead, it encompasses passion and commitment as well. A leader is the one who is passionate about their work and is committed enough to achieve positive results at any cost. Such dedication is required since it instills a sense of responsibility in the team members as well.

If the leaders are busy giving tasks their best shot, it will not only gain the respect of their team members, but it will also infuse a new sense of energy in them. This will help them perform better. On the other hand, a leader lacking in passion or someone who is not entirely committed will have a difficult time motivating their team members.

2. Great Communication Skills

The ability to communicate well is a valued skill, not just in employees, but in leaders as well. Clearly, the one who can effectively communicate their ideas, vision or thoughts is the one who will see positive results.

Since great communication skills are an essential trait, leaders must know how to utilize them to motivate and instruct or guide their team members. Words have the power to push people to do the unthinkable and anyone who can master it can be a great leader. 

It’s also important to notice that communication skills are not just about conveying thoughts in the best manner since it also encompasses the ability to listen well!

3. Holding Oneself Accountable 

If something goes awry, leaders must be ready to hold themselves or their teams responsible without being unjust in their conduct. This kind of behavior will make the team see their mistakes and will create a sense of responsibility among them. They will strive to improve and deal with their work more seriously. Keep in mind that constant criticism will only belittle the employees. So, the leaders should know when to praise or criticise someone.

“Accountability separates the wishers in life from the action-takers that care enough about their future to account for their daily actions.” – John Di Lemme

4. Demonstration of Integrity

Integrity is honest conduct and how can one be a good leader without cultivating the right values in their character? As D. Eisenhower puts it, “The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity.”

Having integrity and honesty are the most important leadership qualities as it enables leaders to stand up for what they believe in. That said, integrity is a start of mind rather than something that is situational. Leaders should not be able to choose when to lie and when to tell the truth.

A great leader is the one who sticks with integrity and instills similar values in their team members. To see how fair one can be when everyone around them is being dishonest is a true mark of leadership!

5. Managerial Competence

We often hear that great leaders once started out by being good workers. Since good workers understand the company’s policies, know the products/services well, and generally are hard workers, we can understand why many people say that!

While working hard is a great trait, not every hard worker possesses leadership qualities. For instance, someone in a law firm who knows how to do something a bit better could be more of a leader than someone in a more commanding position. This is because, at the end of the day, the ability to motivate, mentor, and guide others matter more than just doing your job!

6. Delegation and Empowerment

A single individual will fall short of accomplishing everything at once and leaders realize this before anyone else does. This is why great leaders tend to delegate smaller tasks to their team members while directing their focus on major tasks. Through this way, great leaders not only empower their employees but they also display a sense of trust which further motivates the team to perform better. 

On the other hand, leaders that continue to micromanage hinder the abilities of their team members. Apart from a feeling of distrust, this behavior often leads to subpar results.

7. Enthusiastic Spirit

Individuals become leaders because they are passionate and enthusiastic about their profession. They love what they do, and they try to instill the same amount of passion in other people. Even if they are not trying to achieve the latter, their energy can still become contagious.

While an enthusiastic spirit can never act as a substitute for other leadership qualities, it can make a difference when combined with other existing qualities or skills. All of this is what makes a leader successful in their profession. 

Being a leader can be a challenging task because not everyone will agree with their ideas. In addition, they may lack the skills or knowledge to tackle a particular task. However, combined with an upbeat spirit, leaders can remain positive and work with other people to find solutions. 

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell

8. Creativity and Innovation

The thing that separates a leader from a follower is that the former has a vision and the creative drive to accomplish the unthinkable. The creator of the Apple, Steve Jobs, puts it perfectly, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” 

Having creativity is not enough. Instead, individuals must be ready to transform their creative spirit into an innovation that sets them apart from the rest. This is the true quality of a leader that constantly pushes them out of their safe zones and forces them to think outside the norm. 

Shocking, not ordinary, is the way to go! Fortunately, many leaders realize this early on and because of this, they strive to push boundaries.

Conclusion 

A leader is not the one who has secured a commanding position in a firm. Instead, it is the one that has the natural drive to mentor, motivate, and guide other people. On top of this, a natural born leader is the one that identifies a weakness and strives hard to bring a solution. 

Not everyone is or can be a natural born leader. Individuals must strive hard to cultivate leadership qualities in their characters to truly become a leader. Because of this, the essential qualities listed above, if applied correctly, can yield positive results. 

What qualities do you think make a great leader? Share your thoughts with us below!

Arslan Hassan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Dynamologic Solutions.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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