When you think about it, leadership encompasses many things, and most, if not all of us, have no training on the dimensions of leadership. But we can learn and most importantly, we can adjust accordingly, depending on what group you are leading.
There are 17 definitions of ‘lead’ on dictionary.com, I just picked three of them I thought were the most relevant to leading an organization and/or business:
- to go before or with to show the way; conduct or escort
- to influence or induce; cause
- to guide in direction, course, action, opinion, etc.
When it comes to being a good leader, it’s important to bring your own finesse into it. In my experience, there are 14 key qualities a leader can bring to the table. Listing these qualities brings clarity and solidifies expectation. Often when we NAME our action, it’s better understood and clearer to others:
- Problem solving
- Looking ahead
- Understanding your crew
- Open to feedback and constructive criticism
- A willingness to be uncomfortable
- A willingness and ability to make hard decisions
- Social intelligence
- Zest for change
- Vision for what things will be
- Listening skills
- Sensitivity to others
- Ability to stay focused when the going gets tough
- Face your own stuff, acknowledge your weaknesses. Be real.