Defining Great Leadership
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As a leader, there are the qualities you should model every day if you want to motivate your team to achieve the highest levels of performance and create an extraordinary organization in the process.
Many leaders are competent but few qualify as remarkable. If you want to join the ranks of the best of the best, make sure you embody all these qualities all the time. It isn’t easy, but the rewards can be truly phenomenal.
TO BECOME THE BEST OF THE BEST
You need these qualities:
I wish I could tell you that I came up with these qualities. However, years ago, someone share them with me. I don’t even remember his name, but I will never forget these qualities to become the best possible leader.
There is a difference between management and employees, bosses and workers. Leaders understand the nature of this difference and accept it; it apprises them of their image, actions, and communication. They conduct themselves in a way that sets them apart from others–not in a manner that suggests they are better than others, but in a way that permits them to retain an objective perspective on everything that’s going on in their organization.
All leaders must make tough decisions. It goes with the job. They understand that in certain situations, difficult and timely decisions must be made in the best interests of the entire organization, decisions that require a firmness, authority, and finality that will not please everyone. Extraordinary leaders don’t hesitate in such situations. They also know when not to act unilaterally but instead foster collaborative decision-making.
Extraordinary leaders praise in public and address problems in private. This is a genuine fear for those working in most organizations. The best leaders guide individuals through challenges. Always on the lookout for solutions to foster the long-term success of their church or organization. Rather than making things personal when they encounter problems, or assigning blame to individuals, effective leaders look for constructive solutions and focus on moving forward.
Extraordinary leaders take responsibility for everyone’s performance, including their own. They follow up on all outstanding issues, check in on leaders, and monitor the effectiveness of policies and procedures. When things are going well, they praise. When problems arise, they identify them quickly, seek solutions, and get things back on track.
Not only are the best leaders confident, but their confidence is contagious. Those who work in the organization are naturally drawn to them, seek their advice, and feel more confident as a result. When challenged, they don’t give in too easily, because they know their ideas, opinions and strategies are well-informed and the result of much hard work. But when proven wrong they take responsibility and quickly act to improve the situations within their authority.
The very best leaders are a source of positive energy. They communicate easily. They are intrinsically helpful and genuinely concerned for other people’s welfare.
They always seem to have a solution and always know what to say to inspire and reassure. They avoid personal criticism and pessimistic t
hinking, and look for ways to gain a consensus and get people to work together efficiently and effectively as a team.
Strong leaders treat people how they want to be treated. They are extremely ethical and believe that honesty, effort, and reliability form the foundation of their success. They embody these values so overtly that no leader doubts their integrity for a minute. They share information openly and avoid spin control.
Extraordinary leaders plan ahead and they are supremely organized. They think through multiple scenarios and the possible impacts of their decisions, while considering viable alternatives and making plans and strategies–all targeted toward success. Once prepared, they establish strategies, processes, and routines so that high performance is tangible, easily defined, and monitored. They communicate their plans to key players and have contingency plans in the event last-minute changes require a new direction (which they often do).
Put it all together and what emerges is a picture of the truly inspiring leader: someone who communicates clearly, concisely, and often, and by doing so motivates everyone to give their best all the time. They challenge their people by setting high but attainable standards and expectations, and then giving them the support, tools, training, and latitude to pursue those goals and become the best they can possibly be.