The traits of effective leaders... How any do you share?
Are leaders born or made? Can you learn superior leadership skills? No one is sure, but experts have noticed seven specific actions that successful leaders carry out, regardless of the organization or cause they lead...
Make others feel important. If your goals and decisions are self-centered, followers will lose their enthusiasm quickly. Emphasize their strengths and contributions, not your own.
Promote a vision. Followers need a clear idea of where your're leading them and they need to understand that the goal is valuable to them. Your job as a leader is to provide that vision.
Follow the Golden Rule. Treat your followers the way you enjoy being treated. An abusive leader attracts few loyal followers.
Admit mistakes. If people suspect that you're covering up your own errors, they'll hide mistakes, too, and you'll lose valuable information needed for making decisions.
Criticize, and counsel others only in private. Public praise encourages others to excel, but public criticism only embarrasses and alienates everyone.
Stay close to the action. you need to be visible to the members of your organization. Talk to people, visit other offices and work sites, ask questions, and observe how business is being handled. Often you will gain new insights into your and find new opportunities for motivating your followers.
Make competition a game. The competitive drive can be a valuable tool if you use it correctly. Set team goals and reward members who meet and exceed them. Examine your failures, and celebrate your groups' success.