As well as providing direction, inspiration, and guidance, good leaders exhibit courage, passion, confidence, commitment, and ambition. They nurture the strengths and talents of their people and build teams committed to achieving common goals. The most effective leaders have the following traits in common.
Here are few of the qualities of a good leader :
- Certainty – Leaders who demand certainty are likely to lead risk0averse organisations where creativity and innovation are stifled. Unstuck leaders know that there job is to give employees certainty within uncertainty in the form of values, purpose and vision.
- Variety – Leaders with a high need for variety can be exhausting to work with as they leap from project to project. They change their minds rapidly and constantly, leaving employees trying to keep up. Unstuck leaders love variety too. They’re interested in people and ideas. They never stop learning. In other words, they channel their need for variety into growth.
- Significance – Leaders who are attached to significance are unable to see beyond their own needs, resulting in blind spots and poor decision making. Unstuck leaders are curious and are more interested in an idea than taking credit for coming up with it.
- Love & Connection – When a leader needs to be loved, it affects their ability to make decisions, as they are easily manipulated by shrewd players. When not feeling the love, these leaders can become vindictive.
- Growth – Growth is a higher form of variety seeking. Variety if about happiness. It’s fleeting. Growth is about fulfilment. It’s lasting. Unstuck leaders are always in growth mode and encourage team members to invest in self growth as well. The company becomes a learning organisation. Creativity, innovation and teamwork flourish.
- Contribution – When we focus on something beyond ourselves, most of our problems and sources of pain become less significant. Unstuck leaders broaden their focus to helping others thrive. In doing so, they give themselves the only form of certainty that matters, the certainty of knowing they’re living the life they were meant to live