Leadership is defined “as the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.” Leadership is not something that you are born with; it’s something that you can learn to be. Over time, I have experienced many types of leaders. Some were loud and in your face, while others were passive and persuasive. Many methods of being a leader can be effective, but in order to be an effective leader you should work toward traits that all leaders must have in order to succeed.
- Be a problem solver
Being a problem solver involves a lot more than you might think. It’s not just about identifying a problem but finding a solution. Someone with keen skills at solving problems will learn and investigate as much as they can about the problem. These investigations lead to solutions that solve the root of the problem. The reason a problem solver is successful is that they solve problems and not just cover them up or put band aids on them.
- Think Big Picture
Being able to see the big picture is being able to determine how all of the smaller pieces and details fit into the ultimate goal. This is important because it helps a person delegate time and assets appropriately, create a strategic plan, and prioritize. As a leader works through the details of a project or goal; they have to be able to take a step back and confirm that what they are doing matches the long term or overall strategic objectives. This does not diminish the importance of details but it does make sure that all the details are in line with the overall effort.
- Be a proactive leader not a reactive leader
Proactive leaders inspire people to follow. They work with the broad company focus in mind and reach goals with greater ease. Reactive leaders tend to work frantically while trying to achieve objectives. Anticipation is the key to being a successful proactive leader. Anticipation allows for a leader to be better prepared for when problems or changes occur. This creates a more positive workplace and increases positive results.
- Make tough decisions
Decisions made by leaders may affect the wellbeing of a company and its employees. Not all decisions need to be the correct decision, but they need to be backed up with the goals of the company in mind. Having the ability to pull the trigger is what makes a leader. Think back to a bad boss in your past. We have all had them. They are indecisive and work in fear instead of striving for goals and objectives. A leader isn’t afraid, which is the key to being successful.
- Share your vision
A leader that shares their vision is the key to success. Most people and team members want to succeed. Therefore, if the vision is communicated and a plan is place, members will be motivated. Involving and educating employees will help them understand how decisions are made.