Top 7 qualities of those on the cutting edge of leadership in business that come to mind are:
- Confidence – You need confidence meaning that you give off a vibe of assured expectation, and self-reliance as you are in a position of having to make crucial decisions that will likely be far from popular. Belief in yourself and the outcome you are creating is essential to leadership.
- Transparency – Engaging people requires that you make visible all of the parts of the process being undertaken. Leaving parts out of the equation does not serve the longer-term process and costs you as a leader in terms of trust. It may also diminish your value in the eyes of the people you are leading.
- Integrity – The people that work for you and with you have a good sense of who you are and of the core characteristics you possess. A lack of considering the wholeness or soundness of your decisions puts you in danger of not having integrity. Take the time to consult with others that work for you before making a decision. Being unpopular is something you are able to recover from. Being known as lacking in integrity may not be.
- Inspiration – Inspiring those around requires that you yourself be inspired by the work you are engaged in. As a leader it is incumbent that you inspire those around you by your words and actions. By being inspired you set the tone for others to be open to inspiration. That may lead to potential new ways of looking at or doing things.
- Passion – The drive to see a project or initiative through to completion needs to be filled with that strong enthusiasm known as passion to get through it. As with any process there are delays, communication mishaps, and missed steps that require correction. Passion adds the fuel to correct the mishaps and achieve the desired completion.
- Innovation – Looking at the big picture and seeing it from a different perspective is the hallmark of innovation. As a leader you have the ability to change the scope and direction of the work you are involved with by taking a different point of view and implementing changes that enhance the product or service delivery.
- Patience – Calm self-possession while unfolding a project or initiative is essential. A lack of patience usually sets a whole gamut of factors into play that cause unnecessary upheaval and delay. Having patience and generating excitement are necessary to having a relatively calm process. Every leader knows that high drama is disruptive and unnecessary. As a leader being calm and displaying patience is truly a virtue.
Which of the above leadership qualities do you possess? My wheelhouse needs support in the innovation and patience areas. The good news is that as a leader I am a work in progress and with each project I have the opportunity to hone and improve my skillset.
Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant, email@example.com