“A leader leads by example, not by force” ~ Sun Tzu
There are plenty of popular quotes on leadership and when we wanted to pick one for our blog, we noticed that each of these quotes describe the perspective an author has of what a leader should be and how each one of it is drastically different from the other. Though we picked one of our favorite quotes, the variety of these quotes helped us understand how the concept of leadership is Fluid!
Leadership, by definition, is the action of leading a group of people. It also says that it is a position or state of being a leader, though, we believe that you do not need a position or a designation to influence people, it is a skill that anyone can possess and efficiently use devoid of the limitations as of age, position, place, etc.,
So, if we are defying that leadership is not a position but a personality trait, you may ask—what are these personality traits that define a Leader? After thorough research, below are some of the traits that every leader we have analyzed possesses:
5 Important Leadership Traits For Upcoming Leaders
1. Communication: Being able to communicate clearly is an asset and a root trait of great leaders. The leaders can speak their minds clearly describing their mission, vision, and agenda to the audience. At the same time, they also encourage two-way dialogue, giving an opportunity to the people to speak up. In fact, leaders understand the importance of freedom of speech and the value it can bring to an
organization and how it can help to demonstrate an open culture in the business.
2. Charisma: Oftentimes, dynamic leaders are defined by the adjective Charisma (charismatic) and though it is difficult to define that aura in words, you will know a charismatic leader when you see one. A charismatic leader has this positive exuberance about them that draws people to them, this type of leader is generally the most liked amongst equals. The positive attitude and charm of the leader help them stand apart and earn the trust and respect of the people they lead.
3. Commitment: A leader should showcase a high level of commitment to the people, to the business, and to their customers. Integrity a leader possess genuinely drives the people and the organization towards growth. A lack of commitment from the leader can have inverse effects on the people, business, and customers and may result in the downfall of the organization. So, the commitment shown is the commitment earned for a leader and is a very important trait that can make or break a leader and the business.
4. Futuristic: As fancy as the word sounds, we believe this is a crucial trait that helps the leader to be
innovative and transformational. The mindset that understands the importance of constantly growing, learning, innovating, and changing is what drives the margins to the ROI and helps develop the organization. And the futuristic leaders are always hungry for a growth-enabling change—steeping north always. All the CEOs of tech-giants are good examples that share this trait.
5. Can walk the talk: As Sun Tzu said, a great leader always leads by example, so one of the key traits that
define and distinguishes a good leader from the not so good one is the ability to ‘walk the talk.’ A leader who doesn’t always preach but inspires people by his/her actions is subliminally calling the shots of what is the right thing to do and how they want it to be done. And if a leader falls short of this ability to walk the talk, they may not be considered seriously in the longer-run and keeping up the demeanor of a leader becomes as difficult. So, walk the talk and show the way!