Skills and qualities of a leader: which one do you think comes first?

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There are several ways to manage a team. While not everyone can agree on the most effective way to do this, we can all agree that the team’s performance depends significantly on that of its leader.

So, what are the qualities of a good leader? At the most basic level, leadership styles can be classified as manipulative, authoritarian, or attractive, to name a few. Although all these styles can do the trick, can you guess which is the most effective in the long term?

Here are the characteristics and qualities of a leader.

Quality 1: Have the drive

Effective leaders are those who know how to function tactically and strategically as well as how to lead their team to a specific goal. Because their efforts are not directed simply to the realization of personal benefits or for control purposes, the goal of the good leader is to make sure that things move!

Quality 2: Autonomy and sense of responsibility

Good leaders are also those who enable their team to develop autonomy and add value according to their own personal strengths.

Being able to recognize the strengths of individuals within their team and enable them to be responsible and accountable not only increases employees’ trust in themselves and their leader, but will also increase their performance.

A good leader will be able to manage team members by providing support and constructive feedback to develop their talents and potential.

Quality 3: Authenticity

An important quality that every good leader must have is authenticity, their ability to remain true to themselves, their beliefs, and their values. In fact, the good leader must not only remain true to himself, but must also be able to adequately transfer his values and beliefs to his team.

The good leader must not only be able to effectively communicate his or her own values and beliefs, but also those of the organization and its overall objectives.

Quality 4: Good communication skills

Although it seems obvious, communication skills are considered by most to be the most important of a leader’s qualities. The right leader must possess this essential skill to be able to achieve his or her ultimate objectives.

Good communication skills allow the right leader to be a better negotiator and to manage and resolve conflicts better. Being able to clearly explain any situation and justify the decision made not only makes team members more comfortable with the decision, but also allows them to give more credibility to the leader.

By ensuring that the team understands its objectives, this will have a crucial impact on their performance and chances of success. Being able to effectively communicate the How, What, Where and Why of an organization’s objective ensures that everyone is moving harmoniously in one direction. Leaders with good communication skills are also perceived as more credible. A charismatic nature also increases the team’s confidence in the abilities of the same leader.

Quality 5: Be able to ask questions!

The good leader is able to conduct a good investigation and will have the natural instinct to do so. Being more skeptical motivates the right leader to question everything; who, what, where, how and why of any situation. This series of questions identifies not only potential strengths and weaknesses, but also why they arise and how they can be optimized.

Where to find good leaders?

So now that we have identified the qualities and skills that a good leader must possess, how can we find them?

According to Dave Ulrich, named the most influential person in HR by HR Magazine, about 20% of people are natural leaders, while another 20% do not necessarily have the skills and qualities to become good leaders. Because 20% seems to be a very small percentage, you will be happy to know that the remaining 60% of the population are able to become good leaders with adequate coaching and training!

So don’t waste your time looking for the “perfect” leader. Chances are you already have one in your organization! Whether they are part of the 20% with the natural talents to become or the 60% that can be coached, you just need to be able to identify these individuals and determine how to develop their leadership skills to the maximum.

Develop the skills and qualities of a leader

Although this task may seem daunting to many, it is quite simple to accomplish once you are able to specifically identify the points to work on. The best way to do this would be to use psychometrics.

Psychometric tests assess the personality traits and specific characteristics that are innate in a person, allowing you to see what their natural reflexes will be in specific situations. For example: the orientation of results or their tendency to be more sceptical in nature.

With the results of the Atman psychometric test, it will be easy to identify who are natural leaders in your group, or who will have the ability to become good leaders. The results will also clearly identify the specific areas that will need to be improved in order to have all the qualities of a leader.

Before you determine who your next leader will be, make sure you have a clear understanding of what you want him to achieve as an objective. Also make sure that they have the qualities and characteristics of a good leader, and if your individual will know how to be a good “fit” with the team they will lead.

Consider their characteristics, natural reflexes, and strengths to see if a person has the qualities to be a good leader!

Published by Dave John

Decade of work experience in leadership consulting with strong focus on talent acquisition & assessment across different industries and geographies.

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