What qualities does a leader have that inspire confidence in people to follow his lead? What is it about a leader that instills in his followers the courage to take an unprecedented risk, or a blind leap of faith? Is there a fixed formula? No, there isn’t. However, there are certain traits that one needs to inculcate in themselves in order to prove their mettle as effective leaders.
Most people would agree that someone with an approachable and welcoming demeanor puts his audience at comfort almost instantly. Treat your colleagues as equals. Listen to their ideas.
Provide constructive criticism without causing offence, and you will find yourself surrounded by an energized and productive team. Since an entrepreneur is the captain of the ship, he needs to build a team that works in perfect synergy and harmony. Only then can he steer the ship on the right course.
Many would argue that being risk averse is a positive characteristic; however, in the business community being so is a guaranteed way to stump the growth of your business prematurely. A leader needs to seize each and every opportunity in order to propagate his business. This would also require him to take calculated risks. Do your homework! That’s the key to progress.
Contemplate your odds thoroughly, but always have a contingency plan in action. Things may not always go in your favor; learn to accept that you will not always come out on top. Nevertheless, do not let setbacks pull you down. Learn from your mistakes, and make a resounding comeback. Always remember that your team is only as motivated as you; they look to you for guidance and direction. Let them know that you are there for them.
Develop holistic linkages. Networking is your friend. Having a vast communication network is the same as having numerous tricks up the magician’s hat. In today’s world the most essential resource that needs to be cultivated is your human resource. Get to know them; only then will you be able to ascertain their core strengths and weaknesses and choose the right man for the right job. There will be times when you will be called upon to make some tough, unpopular decisions.
Think of the bigger picture. Your integrity should be your calling card; so be the first one to take responsibility. This will in turn lead to a positive work environment and promote efficiency.