Being a New Leader in Your Organisation

There are essentially five characteristics of great leaders. The first of these is being flexible. Not everything goes as planned. Competitors change tactics, governments force new regulations on business, strikes stop the flow of products, and, occasionally, natural disasters occur. And at times like these, leaders have to be able to change course; that is, first make sure their businesses will survive, and then find a new way to reach their goals.

The second characteristic is being able to communicate. Some leaders are great orators, but speaking well isn’t all that’s required of a leader. As we all know, there are lots of people who talk a great game but deliver nothing. Leaders who communicate well are those who not only share their thoughts with employees, but also let their strength and personal character show through in their communication, and empower those who work for them by defining the company’s goal and showing how to get there.

A third characteristic of great leaders–or, perhaps, group of characteristics–is having courage, tenacity, and patience. Having the courage to stand alone, the tenacity to not succumb to pressure, and the patience to keep fighting until you win the day–and sometimes being able to do all three at the same time–is something you will have to develop if you want to be a true and successful leader.

The fourth necessary characteristic is the combination of humility and presence. Acting aloof, or above your employees, does not make a leader. Leaders have to be able to talk and listen to their employees on all levels of the company. At the same time, they must have the respect of their employees, the kind of respect that’s earned by being honest, having integrity, and being tough but fair.

The fifth and final characteristic of a successful leader is being responsible. A business owner has to realize that, as the saying goes, “A skunk stinks from the head down,” and a business does too. This means when there is blame to be accepted, the owner must be the first one to accept it. But it also means that when accolades are appropriate, they should be spread out among the employees. And when this happens, a leader is born.





15 Lessons

15 Lessons in Being a New Leader in Your Organisation:

Redefining Leadership

Redefining Leadership

Work Values

Work Values

The Approach to Problem-Solving

The Approach to Problem-Solving

Performance Measurement

Performance Measurement

Performance is Potential minus Interference

Performance is Potential minus Interference

Feeback is Feedforward or Constructive Criticism

Feeback is Feedforward or Constructive Criticism

What is their Motivation

What is their Motivation

Performance Coaching Skills

Performance Coaching Skills

Midlife or MidCareer Crisis

Midlife or MidCareer Crisis

Being a Mirror

Being a Mirror

Active Listening

Active Listening

What kind of Coach are You

What kind of Coach are You

Managing a Virtual Team

Managing a Virtual Team

Inhouse Coach

Inhouse Coach

Developing a Coaching Culture

Developing a Coaching Culture