A great leader isn’t one who runs their own company or department. They aren’t great because they excelled early in their careers or because they have a team that meets all of the company’s needs. Of course, all of this helps, but it does not make someone a leader.
What is it that distinguishes the great?
Effective leadership distinguishes between an average and a great leader. Strong leadership breeds a strong workforce. According to research, one of the most common reasons employees are dissatisfied with their jobs is due to poor management.
“When your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a true leader,” said John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States.
There are many habits that distinguish average leaders from great leaders; here are four of the most common
1. They work to improve their Emotional Intelligence (EI)
High EI is the foundation of strong leadership. This is a reference to emotional intelligence, which is the ability to recognize and comprehend emotions in yourself and others. This is then used to manage people’s behavior and communication.
Leadership development in today’s world requires intentional practice and awareness, and the best leaders among us make time to invest in their own and others’ emotions. This entails dissecting why employees may act or respond in different ways and attempting to understand the reasons for this.
2. They openly admit their errors.
We all make mistakes, and making one isn’t a sign of poor leadership. When a leader makes a mistake, the worst thing he or she can do is ignore it or pretend it never happened. This sends a message to their team that they either don’t care about what happened or that looking good is more important than taking responsibility. Employees will lose trust in that leader as a result, and they will eventually lose respect for him or her.
A great leader, on the other hand, will do the opposite.
3. They communicate well
Employees naturally look to a leader for a vision, direction and clarity. If a leader can’t communicate well, their employees’ performance and understanding of the company will falter. Ultimately, the business will suffer.
4. They plan a lot
If you fail to plan, you are planning to failBenjamin Franklin
Great leaders know this well and would never risk their chances of success by ignoring the need to plan. This means they proactively plan and organize strategies before making and implementing decisions.
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