How can we define a good leadership? Basically there are some traits in leaders that make it clear if the person is a good leader or not? The trick is different every time. It depends on the leader. Everyone has their own ways to find right solution of the situation.
The world has seen the leaders like Bill Gates who is always calm and the leaders like Donald Trump who can be as loud as you can imagine. However, both kinds bring results, but what matters the most is the respect a leader gets from the team. The high ratio of employee turnover and unsatisfied employees are not the things that a leader can carry on his shoulders for long.
Managing employees is one of the most important skills that a leader should master. In my career as a CEO, I have been through many tough situations, where leadership skill gets tested. Every director, CEO, and manager has to go through such situation. From my experience, I have created a list of things that a good leader needs to avoid doing.
Being too harsh:
A successful leadership doesn’t involve useless toughness in the action and behaviour of a leader. Usually there is no such situation that cannot be handled with calm mind. Aggression puts a leader at risk of making completely wrong decision. It is not good for the leader’s image. Doing what is right requires strength and a leader can simply lose respect while being aggressive. It is a sign of weakness and a good leader is cannot be a weak leader.
There is a simple difference between a leader and a bully. A good leader does not blame others for failure of a task or project, it is a trait of a bully and in order to blame others with impact they add insult. A leader is also a member of a team and when the things go wrong, a leader must offer support and feedback that ends the possibility of occurring same mistake again in future. There is a virtual line that a leader should never cross in any circumstances.
Being afraid in taking right decision:
‘With great powers comes great responsibility.’ This is very true. When a person gets appointed on a top position, he/she needs to understand that fear of making wrong decision, should never stop them to take decision on their own. It is often noticed that a CEO leaves a big decision that can go wrong for the managers. This can create a negative impression in for a CEO in the office. In such cases, a leader needs to analysis the situation, take advice from the senior employees and make the decision. The final decision has to come from the CEO’s desk.
Being uncertain about goals:
The clarity in goals is very important. A leader needs to understand that not every new project can be competed on trial and error basis. A clear set of goals enables the employees work in an efficient manner. Setting a clear target and making the team capable of seeing it is necessary.
Any leader or a successful person never feels sorry for himself or herself. Running a company is not easy and there can be many tough roads in that take longer to get passed. In hard situations, when the decisions go wrong there is no need to be disappointed. A good leader must develop the capability of getting up and taking control once again as soon as he/she falls.
As a leader, you need to create value for your words. The easy appreciation from your side decreases the value of your words. Let the employees earned your respect. An appreciation from a CEO should only be given when there is a display of extra ordinary efforts from the employees.
Acting out of control:
There is always some situation that pressures you to lose your control and it happens with all of us. A leader or an employee, everyone is prone to go through such situation. Now what matters the most is the reaction. A true leader should never lose control. This is a sign of strength in a great leader.
In the end it is all about giving proper training to your mind to apply the skills that you have mastered with perfection. A true leader doesn’t have to be perfect, but a sign of a good leader is to have the ability to adapt good habits continuously.