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Career Development Centre (CDC) => Job Satisfaction & Skills => Career Guidance => Be a Leader => Topic started by: Shamim Ansary on January 24, 2011, 11:04:24 AM

Title: Top Leadership Qualities
Post by: Shamim Ansary on January 24, 2011, 11:04:24 AM
Leadership can be defined as one's ability to get others to willingly follow. Every organization needs leaders at every level. Leaders can be found and nurtured if you look for the following character traits.

A leader with vision has a clear, vivid picture of where to go, as well as a firm grasp on what success looks like and how to achieve it. But it’s not enough to have a vision; leaders must also share it and act upon it. Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric Co., said, "Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion."

A leader must be able to communicate his or her vision in terms that cause followers to buy into it. He or she must communicate clearly and passionately, as passion is contagious.

A good leader must have the discipline to work toward his or her vision single-mindedly, as well as to direct his or her actions and those of the team toward the goal. Action is the mark of a leader. A leader does not suffer “analysis paralysis” but is always doing something in pursuit of the vision, inspiring others to do the same.

Integrity is the integration of outward actions and inner values. A person of integrity is the same on the outside and on the inside. Such an individual can be trusted because he or she never veers from inner values, even when it might be expeditious to do so. A leader must have the trust of followers and therefore must display integrity.

Honest dealings, predictable reactions, well-controlled emotions, and an absence of tantrums and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity. A leader who is centered in integrity will be more approachable by followers.

Dedication means spending whatever time or energy is necessary to accomplish the task at hand. A leader inspires dedication by example, doing whatever it takes to complete the next step toward the vision. By setting an excellent example, leaders can show followers that there are no nine-to-five jobs on the team, only opportunities to achieve something great.

Magnanimity means giving credit where it is due. A magnanimous leader ensures that credit for successes is spread as widely as possible throughout the company. Conversely, a good leader takes personal responsibility for failures. This sort of reverse magnanimity helps other people feel good about themselves and draws the team closer together. To spread the fame and take the blame is a hallmark of effective leadership.

Leaders with humility recognize that they are no better or worse than other members of the team. A humble leader is not self-effacing but rather tries to elevate everyone. Leaders with humility also understand that their status does not make them a god. Mahatma Gandhi is a role model for Indian leaders, and he pursued a “follower-centric” leadership role.

Openness means being able to listen to new ideas, even if they do not conform to the usual way of thinking. Good leaders are able to suspend judgment while listening to others’ ideas, as well as accept new ways of doing things that someone else thought of. Openness builds mutual respect and trust between leaders and followers, and it also keeps the team well supplied with new ideas that can further its vision.

Creativity is the ability to think differently, to get outside of the box that constrains solutions. Creativity gives leaders the ability to see things that others have not seen and thus lead followers in new directions. The most important question that a leader can ask is, “What if … ?” Possibly the worst thing a leader can say is, “I know this is a dumb question ... ”

Fairness means dealing with others consistently and justly. A leader must check all the facts and hear everyone out before passing judgment. He or she must avoid leaping to conclusions based on incomplete evidence. When people feel they that are being treated fairly, they reward a leader with loyalty and dedication.

Assertiveness is not the same as aggressiveness. Rather, it is the ability to clearly state what one expects so that there will be no misunderstandings. A leader must be assertive to get the desired results. Along with assertiveness comes the responsibility to clearly understand what followers expect from their leader.

Many leaders have difficulty striking the right amount of assertiveness, according to a study in the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, published by the APA (American Psychological Association). It seems that being under-assertive or over-assertive may be the most common weakness among aspiring leaders.

A sense of humor is vital to relieve tension and boredom, as well as to defuse hostility. Effective leaders know how to use humor to energize followers. Humor is a form of power that provides some control over the work environment. And simply put, humor fosters good camaraderie.

Intrinsic traits such as intelligence, good looks, height and so on are not necessary to become a leader. Anyone can cultivate the proper leadership traits.

By David Hakala From the link http://www.hrworld.com/features/top-10-leadership-qualities-031908/
Title: Re: Top Leadership Qualities
Post by: rumman on January 24, 2011, 12:22:33 PM
These qualities must have to be a leader. A good leader may be a model for every employees. A leader can help the organization to reach its ultimate goal.
Title: Re: Top Leadership Qualities
Post by: psycho saint on March 03, 2011, 09:50:59 PM
Dear Ansari Sir,
there is no doubt that many of us possess these qualities, but i reckon why do they hesitate....
Title: Re: Top Leadership Qualities
Post by: goodboy on March 03, 2011, 11:18:51 PM
Leaders have a great impact in building the nation................& definitely this post will help the others to follow.
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Post by: nusrat-diu on April 03, 2011, 12:04:05 PM
Good post Ansary!!
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Post by: nature on April 04, 2011, 01:03:11 PM
Without a good and honest leader no nation can not developed..........Leaders can help to build the nation.
Title: Re: Top Leadership Qualities
Post by: farzanamili on April 05, 2011, 11:36:38 AM
Leadership is not easy. Much patience is required. To lead others,the technique of managing is important.Otherwise it will be arbitrary act which is not acceptable.
Title: Re: Top Leadership Qualities
Post by: shibli on July 21, 2011, 03:37:22 PM
A hero needs to behave and act like a hero to remain a hero....
Title: Re: Top Leadership Qualities
Post by: rumman on July 21, 2011, 04:54:40 PM
True leaders are masters at accepting responsibility for all that comes their way and taking ownership and responsibility for getting things back on track. Blaming, justifying and excuse making just isn't in their responsibility.
Title: Re: Top Leadership Qualities
Post by: goodboy on July 21, 2011, 11:03:16 PM
"A leader, A good leader.....can manage, can groom, can adjust, can be able to have the power to satisfy everyone he relates with!!!! His predictability, his forwardness, his assuming power drives all the possible tasks accomplished by his fellow men!!!"
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Post by: farzanamili on September 26, 2011, 02:54:39 PM
We all have more or less these qualities. Only those can be top leaders who know about their qualities & nourish those to the best extent!
Title: Re: Top Leadership Qualities
Post by: Shamim Ansary on October 09, 2011, 10:18:16 AM
Inspiring Words of Wisdom ~ Race is Not Over Yet…

1) Night is longer than day for those who DREAM

& day is longer than night for those who make their DREAMS come true.

2) When it rains all the birds fly for Shelter.

But Eagle Alone Avoids the Rain By Flying Above the Clouds.
Problem is common to all But ATTITUDE define ALTITUDE

3) Never blame a day in Your life.

Good day gives “happiness”

Bad days gives “experience”
So enjoy two day everyday

4) As far as you think ‘NOT NOW’,
Succes becomes ‘NEVER’…

But as soon as you think ‘WHY NOT NOW’,
Success surely will become ‘YOURS’ …!

5) The most determinative & motivating sentence which should always be followed in life.

The RACE is NOT OVER because I haven’t WON yet