Traits of a Great Leader
Traits of a Great Leader
Leadership has become an evolving phenomenon in various aspects of life, especially in business. The dynamic market environment necessitates a change in the management of various firms hence this paper outlines the qualities needed for one to be an effective and successful leader. Whereas it notes the differences in personalities, it identifies the universal values that should be espoused by them as well. Leadership capabilities are hinged more on personal behavior rather than academic qualifications because such natural affiliations are long-term and genuine thereby affable to any organization.
Leaders need to be charismatic to gain the trust of their juniors while guiding the workforce into achieving common goals. It would proof their reliability hence reinforcing the latter’s confidence in their instructions. They also have to be effective communicators because that would aid in the delivery of important company information such as structural changes to its corporate culture (Barine, 2010). It is imperative for leaders to be impartial to avoid unnecessary workplace tensions that could reduce the rate of productivity.
Conscientiousness is the most critical framework among leaders because it provides guarantees of responsibility in the accomplishment of their duties. In fact, it enables investors, suppliers, employees, and customers alike to develop confidence in such individuals due to their high level of organization and persistence in executing their mandate. As such, this trait enhances the achievement of the company’s vision while reassuring workers that their welfare is catered for, and consumer complaints are at a minimum.
I am a considerer because I believe in having a consultative approach whereby I value other people’s ideas as well. In the spirit of total quality management, I too concern myself with their official as well as personal challenges in life hence empathize with them.
My previous experiences in sales, front desk, and banking in Saudi Arabia have affirmed my transformational leadership qualities due to the feedback received after proceeding for the current scholarship. I would inspire others to have a better work ethic by leading from example while most strategy meetings were laden with their input to develop a shared vision for my team. I was also a keen observer of group members’ behavior and gave encouragement as well as reprimands where necessary.
A CEO is a highly ranked executive position within an organization whereupon great power and inference accompanies it. As such, formal power would be the best approach to ensuring compliance as well as success in different tasks. Deriving such influence from the position is vital in creating ambition for promotion within the firm (Cutting and Kouzmin, 2011). In fact, it would be inspiring to junior employees and might even spur competition based on merit. Provision of rewards would also motivate workers to perform better to receive either monetary or non-financial incentives.
Companies are beholden to several stakeholders such as
investors, employees, and even customers. Their leaders are therefore expected
to be charismatic, visionary, and results-oriented without compromising the
belief systems and values of their businesses. They too should have friendly governance structures that impartially
involve members of staff in decision-making while retaining their formal
authority to accomplish set goals. The
ability to inspire the workforce is vital as well hence; emphasis needs to be laid on leadership qualities that enhance productivity
in the workforce. Such traits are
universal and guarantee profitability for the benefit of all stakeholders.
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Cutting, B., & Kouzmin, A. (2011). Refounding Corporate Governance: The Metaphysics of Corporate Leadership. Saif Zone, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Bentham Science Publishers.