Every Organization Needs Great Leadership to Succeed
When an organization has great leadership, it reverberates throughout. Corporate culture is not compelled, it develops organically and the result is high company moral, sustainable success and team retention. The growth and success of an organization are profoundly dependent on leadership, and the qualities of a good leader typically found throughout the c-suite.
So what makes for great direction? The following leadership qualities are just a few that make for exemplary chief officers:
Excellent leaders do it by example
“Lead by example” is commonplace advice, as it is such an effective way to rally employees and set standards for the company without necessarily having to give overt directives. However, this advice hardly ever extends beyond those three words, because in reality modeling exemplary performance encompasses a host of subtle nuances that make it a successful life and business skill. In order to to lead by example and earn the trust of those around you, you must put into practice yourself, that which you expect of your staff. As a leader, it’s your job to provide direction, guidance, and protocol. If you want to be trusted and respected, you must follow the same standards you place upon your employees.
There is no substitute for inspiration
Inspiration is an undervalued resource in the many organizations. People who are inspired by a greater goal will work through tough challenges to reach that goal. By working through challenges without complaint, you will inspire your staff to do the same. By sharing your story of struggle and success, others will be compelled to face their own tests to achieve their goals.
Flexibility helps the company flow
Things typically don’t go as planned. Competitors change tactics, markets fluctuate, budgets go over and deadlines pass by; of course, good things happen too. Bonus clients walk through the door; you score top talent because Joe Schmo inherited a house form his aunt Ro and moved to your neck of the woods.
Leaders who are able to change course without a hitch are the leaders who will see their businesses not only survive, but also thrive.
Communication means much more than talking
Some leaders are terrific talkers, but listening is as important, if not more so, than speaking. Leaders who connect well are those who not only share their own thoughts, hear those that members of their team have to share. In addition to that, they empower those who work for them by defining the company’s goals and showing how to get there.
Here are a few more characteristics of a good leader:
What does leadership mean to you? What are some of the characteristics you would strive to develop in yourself and the others that make up the leadership team of your organization?