The control and organization of people by mostly portraying exemplary conducts for others to copy or follow and providing guidance is not a simply delegated task. Leadership qualities are acquired over time and fine-tuned steadily by learning from experiences. And most successful leaders might not even be self-aware while amassing these qualities which only manifest when there is a need for organizational headship and direction.
Leaders having amassed these traits over time and successfully converted it to a regular behavioral pattern will easily fit in on their roles. And leaders keep learning as there is always a good thing to learn and room for improvement. Leadership constantly involves the huge and sensitive task of decision making, and sometimes these decisions which affect many and which a whole lot of sensitive issues depend on having to be made in precarious situations and under a great deal of pressure.
Leaders knowing that every outcome of any of his decisions whether blames or glory directed at him or her will be very calculative to arrive at a decision within split moments. Decisions based on calculations and judgments deduced from permutations of outcomes from previous experiences and available forecasts. Over time, leaders follow instincts based on experiences to arrive at corporate decisions.
Here is what most successful leaders do automatically, every day. If you are a leader or aspiring to lead someday, you must do these things to be a successful leader in any workplace.
Not to bully or intimidate colleagues
The ability to get your colleagues at ease around you, enough to confidently voice their views on anything is a trait you must have. Successful leaders never ever get intimidatory at any time and never bully colleagues with anything, even your authority. A good leader is always approachable.
Challenge people to think and innovate
You have to be able to discern the level of thinking and performance abilities of your colleagues.
And also be able to spur employees to think critically and to deeply innovate and come up with new ideas.
Be accountable to others
Successful leaders also report back to their colleagues and render stewardship to them as regards any issue. This is not a total submission of your authority as a leader, rather it is a form of transparency to the people you lead.
Lead by example
Every good leader understands that his or her activities serve as a behavioral template for the people following. You have to live and act the way you expect your people to live and act.
By virtue of assuming leadership, you unconsciously have become a provider of mentorship to others. Good leadership entails that you have the understanding that all eyes are focused on you.
Measure & reward performance
A good leader appreciates every good result or deed that spurs the growth of the organization and motivates for more good performances by rewarding appropriately.
Ask questions and seek counsel
Successful leaders make it a must do to seek more knowledge. They know that they do not have a monopoly on all wisdom and so are not afraid to quickly seek counsel or ask questions where needed. Good leaders value the wealth of wisdom of other people and tap from it.
Good leaders do not postpone trouble-shooting processes or decision-making processes; they waste no time in setting machinery in motion for fixing of pressing issues. No good leader is ever afraid of tasks.
Invest in relationships
Every successful leader is a good networker and builds a web of connections through well-nurtured mutually beneficial relationships. Good leaders get personally involved in the personal lives of those they lead.