An Effective Leader is a Risk-Taker
An effective leader attempts to bring about great changes. These changes are not without risks. A strong leader is also very creative. They will try new approaches even if it presents possible failure. Effective leaders recognize that failure is only temporary and that this setback gives a clearer understanding of what not to do in the future. The overall attitude of a risk-taking leader is that, “You ultimately fail when you don’t give it a try!”
An Effective Leader has Self-control
Strong leaders know that their ability to stay calm, even in the worst of conflicts, is a character trait that must be nurtured and grown. The effective leader’s mantra is,“When you lose your temper, you lose.”
An Effective Leader is a Caring Individual
Strong leadership can never take place if those we lead think we do not care. Leaders should show a caring attitude about the mission of their organization however; their concern for each individual team member must take priority over everything else.
An Effective Leader is Modest
Self-evaluation is a strong characteristic of an effective leader. A good leader does not have a problem in being evaluated or receiving criticism. No one enjoys being corrected but an effective leader sees it for what it is: an opportunity for personal growth.
An Effective Leader is Balanced
A good leader does not ignore any area of their personal life. They understand that to do well they must keep up good health, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.
An Effective Leader is Resolute
A strong leader must make wise decisions. They must also be willing to listen to wise counsel. A strong leader is determined and admirably purposeful. There is a strong character unwavering determination.
An Effective Leader is Motivational
A motivational leader enjoys their task. They are optimistic about their purpose. Change requires taking risks, personal growth and challenges. A motivational leader does not back down from a challenge but is willing to lead the way as an inspirational leader.
An Effective Leader is a Clear Communicator
It is important to understand that communication is not solely conversation. A good communicator aims to make sure that their message is understood. The skill of communication is grown upon the skill of listening. Listening is as important as talking and an effective leader listens more than they talk.
An Effective Leader is a Visionary
A leader must be a dreamer. A productive leader is someone who can see into the future. The challenge for every visionary leader is not to get so far ahead of the team in what they see that they leave them behind, lost, wandering about the future direction. A visionary is a dreamer but they are also a strong communicator of their dream.
Effective leadership has certain, basic, visionary, characteristics. The aim of a strong leader is to translate their “vision” into reality. So, how is this done?
An Effective Leader has a Sense of Humor
Good leaders take their work seriously however, they do not mind laughing at themselves. A healthy leader does not have a problem in finding humor in their own mistakes or blunders. A productive leader knows that laughter is good for the soul. A humorous person can lead a team even through the most challenging times.
An Effective Leader is Ethical
A strong leader has a strong moral base. There is no question about their character. What you see is what you get. There is nothing more defeatist than a dishonest or lying leader. A strong leader has strong convictions.
An Effective Leader is Dedicated to the “Cause”
Being an effective leader is not easy but it is necessary for the success of any organization or team. Dedication is key. Being able to convey commitment to a clear purpose and cause is essential. The strong leader will communicate the “cause” as often as possible.
Every successful team needs an EFFECTIVE LEADER!