The Victor crew did a search for “leadership traits” to see what would show up. Many sites offered leadership traits/qualities/attributes. But what struck us was some had as few as 7, some as many as 23, and even one that gave 101! Whew!
The thing is, can we really define leadership in a list? Anyone can sit down and make a list of what they think leadership is about but isn’t that subjective? To be a leader you must be in a position in some form to have others to lead.
We looked at four of these lists to see if there were any traits that were common. We will talk about those that were common to these lists. On three of the lists, we found “honesty”. This was the only trait that was on three of the lists. On two lists, not necessarily the same two lists, we found “communication”, “focus”, “empathy”, “optimism”, and “confidence”.
After seeing these lists, we realize it’s not so far-fetched to get a list of 101 traits!
(Adapted from “Know your Marines and look out for their welfare”)
You should know your employees and how they react when placed in different situations.
An employee who is nervous and lacks self confidence should never be put in a situation where an important decision is made. Knowledge of your employees’ personalities will enable you, as the leader, to decide how to best handle each one and determine when they may need closer supervision.
- Put your employees’ welfare before your own – correct grievances and remove discontent.
- See the members of your staff and let them see you so they get to know you and feel that you know them. Be approachable.
- Let them see that you are determined to be a success.
- Concern yourself with their life circumstances.
- Help your employees get needed support when necessary.
- Determine what your employee’s mental attitude is; keep in touch with their thoughts.
- Ensure fair and equal distribution of rewards.
- Encourage individual development.
- Share the hardships of your employees so you can better understand their reactions.
Jody found an interesting article on TheAtlantic.com entitled “What Makes a Good Leader.”
The article states (that in the work place) a good leader is one who is humble (modest and respectful to others.) A humble person is not one who is insignificant or self-demeaning but rather one who leads by example, admits mistakes, and recognize their followers strengths.
Jody hopes that you read this article and take it to heart.