December 30, 2019
What Makes a Good Leader? The 4 Key Components of Leadership
Where would our world be today without leaders? Leaders are the people that emerge from the pack to offer direction, support, guidance, and empathy when it’s needed the most. The entire history of the world is dictated by the leaders that came forward when they were desperately needed, without looking back.
In a business setting, these leaders coach employees, generate enthusiasm, bring everyone together, give credit where credit is due, and maintain a positive attitude no matter what. A leader isn’t condescending or controlling, like a boss would be; they are an ally, someone with problem solving and interpersonal skills that are needed to inspire those in the workforce.
So at its core, what makes a good leader? Can it be boiled down to just a few things? In fact, it can:
When the “going gets tough,” leaders aren’t afraid to get into the thick of it and provide inspiration. Things will get hard, things are unfair, and situations can be downright defeating. Leaders represent the positivity no matter what. They are the people who see the glass half full, even if it’s not that full at all. They come forward and support the people around them by handing out credit, encouraging everyone near and far to them, and offering up a helping hand no matter how they are feeling that day.
Upholding excellent leadership doesn’t entail sending all work and responsibilities down the food chain. Instead, it focuses on proper delegation, which includes the distribution of work per team member for one amazing, collective result. A leader doesn’t get to weasel themselves out of hard work; rather, they look at their role through an organized and collective lens.
Too many authoritative leaders in the world have removed themselves from critical feedback. This couldn’t be more dangerous. No one is perfect, and that includes leaders. Leaders should never consider themselves as someone above everyone else. They should be open and receptive to feedback, as well as a person that provides constructive feedback to the employees they manage. There should always be an open communication channel.
Lastly, a leader should be the workplace cheerleader. They should be the one that comes in every day and asks everyone to say something they are grateful for. They are the people that tell everyone they CAN do it and that they ARE capable. Leaders want everyone in their structure to succeed, because when one person in a team does well, the entire team does well. Leaders understand this better than anyone.
As you can see, we are all leaders. Leadership is not a position; it’s a mindset. A leader goes out into the front, leading the way by his/her actions. People choose to follow. It is always better to lead from behind and put others out in front, raising everyone else up with you along the way.
That’s the kind of leadership this world needs. Are you a leader? You can be. It starts today.