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9 Defining Qualities of a Good Leader

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Rightly said, a good leader plays a major role in grooming you. Be it as a fresher, where you need to be spoon-fed; or be it as a senior professional, where you need to be guided in handling various teams, a good leader plays a prominent role in shaping you and to always look forward.


So, what should actually make a Good Leader?

In the words of John C Maxwell, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

So, if one knows it, he does it; when he does it, he shows it!


Keeping this in mind, a lot of attributes follow, that a leader automatically explores, learns, and executes. Based on many illustrations from history, taking presidents and industrialists, a Good Leader takes a team to greatness, and that is defined by the following attributes.


Check Here 9 Defining Qualities of Good Leader-

  1. Self-Learning - A leader must accept and follow the fact that learning is a never-ending process. Devising new teaching methods for training or in daily tasks is in itself learning while dealing with a variety of team members. More than teaching what he/she knows, a good leader learns every day from experience, other colleagues, and pass on the learnings further.

  2. Empathy and Appreciation - Understanding the point of view of your team members will always be a great chance for you to lead them well. Putting yourself in their shoes or communicating with them directly to know their perspectives are helpful for looking after the team members and coming to a constructive solution, considering their values.

  3. Leading Self- A person should be able to lead himself in spite of the obstacles faced along with guiding others. One who cannot lead himself cannot become a good leader. The right knowledge, wisdom, and control of the same help in leading self and then the others. This is also a great help in making the right decisions.

  4. Effective Evaluation- A good leader should understand the strengths and weaknesses of employees and should be able to rightly assess the employees in their feedback. Effective feedback keeps people motivated, keeps up the belief in work and team.

  5. Work Delegation- A Leader should assign the team the right tasks as per their capabilities; at the same time teaching them new things. The benefit of proper delegation includes proper learning of the employees and good work output.

  6. Integrity - This is one of the most important traits that let others look at him. Having some ground rules for self is good to be able to propagate the right message and ethics to everyone in the team. Honesty in teamwork, performing tasks, or assigning them and in fact, feedbacks is of utmost importance.

  7. Bringing Change- Force is not required but a bit of a push is always required to propagate the right message. Bringing change is not a one-day task and a good leader be able to lead by example, which is the best way to gain the trust of the team. Thus, change is possible smoothly.

  8. Communication- Not just clear communication, a leader should be able to communicate effectively. It is also important for the leader to know the teammates too. Understanding goals, establishing work expectations and giving feedback, motivating the team, and overall focus on moving forward.

  9. Enthusiasm- Even though a leader's primary task is to delegate work, he is also an active participant as he is the executor of the work. One should be ready to pull up his socks and get in the field. Hence, he should be dynamic enough to make everyone feel that he is one among them.

The basic qualities of a good leader are seen when he has been a good teammate too. With time, a leader keeps its aim towards improvement each day. A summary of the qualities of a good leader are:

  1. Self-Learning

  2. Empathy and Appreciation

  3. Leading Self

  4. Effective Evaluation

  5. Work Delegation

  6. Integrity

  7. Bringing Change

  8. Communication

  9. Enthusiasm

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