Leadership Qualities and You

Guest post by Zintro Expert Ek-Heng-Ng 

It has been said that in the presence of a good leader, imagination takes flight and ideas flourish as team members are challenged to give their best. When two or more persons have to collaborate in a work environment, leadership dynamics come into play, whether formally or informally.

Leadership qualities are important at all levels within a company hierarchy from employees in work teams to supervisors, middle and senior managers as well as chief executives. In a big or small way, leadership at different levels helps to shape decisions and contribute to the success of a business. There are always opportunities for employees to show their leadership in any given work situation and this article highlights some of the characteristics.

Open mind

A good leader is secure in the knowledge of his or her worth and does not need to constantly seek assurances from peers or higher-ups. Put simply, this person is a self-assured and is confident about his or her job status. As such, this person recognizes that teamwork is important and is ready to praise others for a job well done, while being comfortable at work to allow others to take center-stage.

A good leader always keeps an open mind. Recognizing that sharing of ideas add value at work is the hallmark of a good leader. Unilateral decision-making is not in the vocabulary of this person and all ideas and feedback are cherished. Before giving opinion to team members, a good leader makes it a point to get inputs from different and even conflicting sources.

Avoiding personal stamp

Having a clear vision, a good leader steers people to mutually-set goals and knows when to engage or disengage, whilst avoiding putting a personal stamp on every decision. Such a person appreciates the dynamism of team work. This person has high emotional quotient to spur team members into giving their best and knows when to draw the line where differences between team members can affect work or the decision-making process.

Another sign is that a good leader does not fear failure as positive lessons can be drawn from such experience. Each failure becomes breeding ground for success in the future, providing a good leader with opportunity to move on and chart a new course for the team.

Knack for team dynamics

Another attribute of a good leader is the ability to know when to listen, when to ask questions, when to talk and when it’s time to be assertive. Such a person intervenes with the objective to put matters-at-hand in the right focus, while another outcome is to improve the decision making process, leading to greater overall team work.

A good leader is able to change mindsets taking the team beyond personal boundaries and motivating members to rise above the mentality of ‘you’ or ‘me’ and see the work or project as ‘our” achievement.

Not everyone is born a leader but if you consistently rise to the occasion to provide value-added inputs at work and demonstrate your leadership capabilities, any employer will recognize that your sterling qualities are good for the organization.

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