Have you thought about what it takes to be a great leader? And, where do you start? Here, in Part 2, we'll continue to discuss the foundation of genuine leadership development. Remember, authentic leadership is about developing your character first and foremost rather than climbing a 'positional ladder'.
As we discussed in Part 1, the first element we need to consider in developing into a leader of integrity is our Individual Attributes or Characteristics. This is a combination of your natural ability, your learning and potential. It also encompasses your methodologies and your conduct. In any type of organization, these attributes are vital to effective leadership. Let's take a look at the rest of these attributes:
Develop Effective Teams: You need to welcome the commitment of others, at all levels in the organization; ensure that people and groups are kept informed of developments, improvements and issues that will impact them; ensure that individual and group development plans are given appropriate priority; give individual support to the use and maintenance of development of activities for people and groups at all levels.
Passionate Assertion: You need to comprehend and respond to individual roles and responsibilites; take a leading role initiating activities and decision-making; assume individual accountability for decisions and activities; prepare for participation in activities and events; exude confidence and professionalism in managing change and difficulties; decline unreasonable requests; safeguard and shield people and groups from discriminatory and unfair activities; remain professional and composed at all times.
Focus On Results: As an effective leader, you'll need to contribute to the foundation of an organizational structure that demands high standards and levels of performance; concentrate on objectives and intended results at all times; manage issues and problems when they emerge; plan and arrange individual work and the work of others in ways which make the best use of accessible resources; delegate properly; give personal attention regarding the crucial issues and events.
Pursue Self-Reflection: To be a trusted leader, you'll need to frequently reflect on personal performance and progress; actively request feedback for personal performance; change individual conduct in the light constructive feedback; take charge of your own personal development.
Present a Positive Picture: To be an effective leader, you'll need to embrace your key role in initiating action and decision making; conduct yourself professionally at all times; be open and receptive to the needs of others; work towards individual and vocation improvement objectives; receiving a moral way to deal with all individual and hierarchical movement; being strong to partners; exhibiting decency and trustworthiness at all times.
In Conclusion: All of these vital characteristics are and can be difficult to consistently maintain, yet they're the essential traits required by, and expected of organizational leaders. Whatever the capacity of your organization, the business sector you may be in (whether public or private) makes no difference. Leaders of all organizations must be role models for others, be unmistakable champions of professionalism, high standards and ethical conduct, be leaders whom others can appreciate and respect, and be pioneers that competitors desire to emulate. Not many of these characteristics are instilled in leaders as a matter of course. Leaders must educate themselves, be open and willing to continuously develop and improve. With these personal characteristics in place, displayed through conduct and action, you, as a leader, will be more powerful and more effective.