TABEL OF CONTENT<br /> INTRODUCTION. <br /> TOP 10 LEADERSHIP QUALITY.<br /> FIVE LEADERSHIP QUALITY.<br /> WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER.<br /> LEADERSHIP STYLE.<br /> PRESPECTIVE.<br />CONCLUSION.<br />
INTRODUCTION<br /><ul><li> LEADERSHIPcan be defined as one's ability to get others to willingly follow. Every organization needs leaders at every level. Leaders can be found and nurtured if you look for the following character traits.
A leader with vision has a clear, vivid picture of where to go, as well as a firm grasp on what success looks like and how to achieve it. But it’s not enough to have a vision; leaders must also share it and act upon it.
A leader must be able to communicate his or her vision in terms that cause followers to buy into it. He or she must communicate clearly and passionately, as passion is contagious.</li></li></ul><li>Top 10 leadership quality<br /><ul><li> Integrity is the integration of outward actions and inner values. A person of integrity is the same on the outside and on the inside. Such an individual can be trusted because he or she never veers from inner values, even when it might be expeditious to do so. A leader must have the trust of followers and therefore must display integrity.
Dedication means spending whatever time or energy is necessary to accomplish the task at hand. A leader inspires dedication by example, doing whatever it takes to complete the next step toward the vision. By setting an excellent example, leaders can show followers that there are no nine-to-five jobs on the team, only opportunities to achieve something great</li></li></ul><li>Top 10 leadership quality<br /><ul><li> Honestdealings, predictable reactions, well-controlled emotions, and an absence of tantrums and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity. A leader who is centered in integrity will be more approachable by followers.
Magnanimity means giving credit where it is due. A magnanimous leader ensures that credit for successes is spread as widely as possible throughout the company. Conversely, a good leader takes personal responsibility for failures. This sort of reverse magnanimity helps other people feel good about themselves and draws the team closer together. To spread the fame and take the blame is a hallmark of effective leadership </li></li></ul><li>Top 10 leadership quality<br /><ul><li> Leaders with humility recognize that they are no better or worse than other members of the team. A humble leader is not self-effacing but rather tries to elevate everyone. Leaders with humility also understand that their status does not make them a god. Mahatma Gandhi is a role model for Indian leaders, and he pursued a “follower-centric” leadership role.
Openness means being able to listen to new ideas, even if they do not conform to the usual way of thinking. Good leaders are able to suspend judgment while listening to others’ ideas, as well as accept new ways of doing things that someone else thought of. Openness builds mutual respect and trust between leaders and followers, and it also keeps the team well supplied with new ideas that can further its vision.</li></li></ul><li>Top 10 leadership quality<br /><ul><li>Creativity is the ability to think differently, to get outside of the box that constrains solutions. Creativity gives leaders the ability to see things that others have not seen and thus lead followers in new directions. The most important question that a leader can ask is, “What if … ?” Possibly the worst thing a leader can say is, “I know this is a dumb question
Fairness means dealing with others consistently and justly. A leader must check all the facts and hear everyone out before passing judgment. He or she must avoid leaping to</li></ul>conclusions based on incomplete evidence. <br />When people feel they that are being <br />treated fairly, they reward a leader <br />with loyalty and dedication.<br />
Top 10 leadership quality<br /><ul><li>Assertiveness is not the same as aggressiveness. Rather, it is the ability to clearly state what one expects so that there will be no misunderstandings. A leader must be assertive to get the desired results. Along with assertiveness comes the responsibility to clearly understand what followers expect from their leader.
A sense of humor is vital to relieve tension and boredom, as well as to defuse hostility. Effective leaders know how to use humor to energize followers. Humor is a form of power that provides some control over the work environment. And simply put, humor fosters good camaraderie.</li></li></ul><li>FIVE LEADERSHIP TRAITS<br />The five leadership traits/leadership qualities are:<br />Honest.<br />Forward-Looking .<br />Competent .<br />Inspiring .<br />Intelligent .<br /> Your skill at exhibiting these five leadership qualities is strongly correlated with people’s desire to follow your lead. Exhibiting these traits will inspire confidence in your leadership. Not exhibiting these traits or exhibiting the opposite of these traits will decrease your leadership influence with those around you.<br />
HONESTY AS A LEADERSHIP QUALITY<br />People want to follow an honest leader. Years ago, many employees started out by assuming that their leadership was honest simply because the authority of their position. With modern scandals, this is no longer true.<br />When you start a leadership position, you need to assume that people will think you are a little dishonest. In order to be seen as an honest individual, you will have to go out of your way to display honesty. People will not assume you are honest simply because you have never been caught lying.<br />One of the most frequent places where leaders miss an opportunity to display honesty is in handling mistakes. Much of a leader’s job is to try new things and refine the ideas that don’t work. However, many leaders want to avoid failure to the extent that they don’t admit when something did not work.<br />There was a medium size organization that was attempting to move to a less centralized structure. Instead of one location serving an entire city, they wanted to put smaller offices throughout the entire metro area. At the same time, they were planning an expansion for headquarters to accommodate more customers at the main site. The smaller remote offices was heralded as a way to reach more customers at a lower cost and cover more demographic areas.<br />
FORWARD-LOOKING AS A LEADERSHIP TRAIT<br />The whole point of leadership is figuring out where to go from where you are now. While you may know where you want to go, people won’t see that unless you actively communicate it with them. Remember, these traits aren’t just things you need to have, they are things you need to actively display to those around you.<br />When people do not consider their leader forward-looking, that leader is usually suffering from one of two possible problems:<br />The leader doesn’t have a forward-looking vision. <br />The leader is unwilling or scared to share the vision with others. <br />When a leader doesn’t have a vision for the future, it usually because they are spending so much time on today, that they haven’t really thought about tomorrow. On a very simplistic level this can be solved simply by setting aside some time for planning, strategizing and thinking about the future.<br />Many times when a leader has no time to think and plan for the future, it is because they are doing a poor job of leading in the present. They have created an organization and systems that rely too much on the leader for input at every stage.<br />
COMPENTENCY AS A LEADERSHIP QUALITY<br />People want to follow someone who is competent. This doesn’t mean a leader needs to be the foremost expert on every area of the entire organization, but they need to be able to demonstrate competency.<br />For a leader to demonstrate that they are competent, it isn’t enough to just avoid displaying incompetency. Some people will assume you are competent because of your leadership position, but most will have to see demonstrations before deciding that you are competent.<br />When people under your leadership look at some action you have taken and think, “that just goes to show why he is the one in charge”, you are demonstrating competency. If these moments are infrequent, it is likely that some demonstrations of competency will help boost your leadership influence.<br />
INSPIRATION AS A LEADESHIP QUALITY <br />People want to be inspired. In fact, there is a whole class of people who will follow an inspiring leader–even when the leader has no other qualities. If you have developed the other traits in this article, being inspiring is usually just a matter of communicating clearly and with passion. Being inspiring means telling people how your organization is going to change the world.<br />A great example of inspiration is when Steve Jobs stole the CEO from Pepsi by asking him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to change the world?” Being inspiring means showing people the big picture and helping them see beyond a narrow focus and understand how their part fits into the big picture.<br />
INTELLIGENCE AS A LEADERSHIP TRAIT<br />Intelligence is something that can be difficult to develop. The road toward becoming more intelligent is difficult, long and can’t be completed without investing considerable time. Developing intelligence is a lifestyle choice. Your college graduation was the beginning of your education, not the end. In fact, much of what is taught in college functions merely as a foundational language for lifelong educational experiences.<br />To develop intelligence you need to commit to continual learning–both formally and informally. With modern advances in distance, education it is easy to take a class or two each year from well respected professors in the evening at your computer.<br />
WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER?<br />The leadership qualities that are required to make a good leader can vary in different companies, teams and situations. They are context-dependent.<br />This can be illustrated in both modern leadership models and art. For example, the fact that leadership qualities are dependent on context is demonstrated in the play The Admirable Crichton and the film Twelve O'Clock High - the latter having been used on leadership training courses for more than half a century.<br />
LEADERSHIP STYLE<br /><ul><li>Autocratic Leadership: Autocratic leadership is an extreme form of transactional leadership, where leaders have absolute power over their workers or team
Bureaucratic Leadership: Bureaucratic leaders work “by the book”. They follow rules rigorously.
Charismatic Leadership: Charismatic leaders inspire lots of enthusiasm in their teams.
Democratic Leadership: Democratic leaders make final decisions. They invite other members of the team to contribute to decision making process.</li></li></ul><li>LEADERSHIP STYLE<br />
PRESPECTIVE<br />How you look to develop leadership qualities will depend on whether you are looking at the subject from the perspective of an organization or an individual. The former is driven by need, the latter by talent. Organizations need leaders who will support the organizational culture and aims. For them, therefore, leadership development involves:<br />identifying the leadership characteristics<br /> and/or profile of people who will enhance<br /> organizational performance<br />selecting/recruiting individuals whose character <br /> skills and potential closely match that profile<br />developing the particular skills/abilities within<br /> those individuals so they can fulfill their leadership <br /> potential within the organization<br />That is, you need to:<br />discover your natural leadership style and qualities<br />develop those qualities into tangible skills<br />find a role or organization that matches your <br /> leadership talents, where what you have to offer will be <br /> valued.<br />
CONCLUSION <br />What makes a good leader depends on the organizational context. Developing leadership potential involves matching individual talents with organizational need, and building skills that both enhance performance and play to individual strengths. To investigate this topic further, here are some further readings and resources:-<br />The Leadership Qualities Checklist that emerged from our research, showing the common attributes required of all leaders.<br />Our Leadership Questionnaire that helps you identify your natural leadership style, and match it against the leadership demands of various industries/disciplines.<br />An article on the Difference Between Leadership and Management.<br />