Leadership is the most talked about and discussed topic in corporate world today. Everyone have their own definition of good leader but based on personal experience, I believe the below mentioned points highlights the key characteristics of a successful leader.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” - John C Maxwell
Efficient Communicator: A good leader should know what to say, when to say and whom to say. It is very important that leader effectively communicates his/her vision and strategy to the team in order to achieve the target they are aiming at.
Approachable: It is very important that leader is easily approachable to his team. The team must be comfortable must trust their lead completely.
Empowerment: It takes sincere effort to incorporate the trust in team and empower them to continuously do well. A good leader also knows that he cannot do all the work alone, so delicate the tasks to his subordinates and believes in their capability to perform that task. People when trusted, performs better, and it is important to show the trust in team and let them take the lead whenever required.
Mentoring and grooming: A good leader becomes a good mentor when he starts showing interest in developing their team both professionally and personally. He must ensure that the team is well aware of their professional and ethical responsibilities.
Flexible and empathic: A leader has to be flexible to adjust to the team needs and show empathy to their needs and problems. He must listen to his team and understand their concerns.
Keeping the team first: A leader has to ensure the team looks up to him/her and feels motivated by him. Lead has to stand in front of them in the time of difficulty and beside them in good times.
“ A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit” - Arnold H Glasow
Appreciate your team: It is very important for a leader to take a break to appreciate the efforts and hard work of his team. Everyone wants to be appreciated for his or her work and appreciation is one of the key factors for motivation and good work.
Clear vision and time management: A good leader has to have clear vision of the goal he wants to achieve and well defined strategy to achieve it for which he must have effective time management. The team should be clear of the goals and timelines to achieve those goals.
Leader has to lead by an example. He must first follow the correct process and procedures to set the right example for his team. The leadership does not come overnight but it is a continuous learning process. A manger becomes a leader when he learns from his mistakes and when he works with the team and for the team. Like said by John F Kennedy “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”.
"Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers". Robin S. Sharma