What makes a great leader? Last March 2014, the Fortune Magazine released their own list of World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. Ranked first was the Roman Catholic Church Pontiff, Pope Francis, who, as the editors said, “electrified the church and attracted legions of non-Catholic admirers by energetically setting a new direction”.
And it is for a certain, great leaders are not born, they are MADE. In this article by Peter Economy, he shares the skills needed to be mastered by those aspiring to have successful leadership. Here are five of them.
1. Inspires and motivates others
Great leaders create a vision of the future that is vivid and compelling, and that motivates employees to want to achieve it. Everyone wants to work for a company that makes a difference in the world. As a leader, you are best able to help the members of your team connect what they do to the impact it has on customers and communities.
2. Displays high integrity and honesty
Great leaders are honest and transparent, and have high integrity–they do what they say they are going to do, and they walk their talk. As Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis said in his book Leading Through Uncertainty, “I always tell our people that they’re entitled to get answers to every question they have. … That doesn’t mean they’re going to like the answers. But it’s going to be truthful, and I know they can deal with the truth. This might create additional questions, but we’ll get through them. And we do.”
3. Solves problems and analyzes issues
Ultimately, leaders are recruited, trained, and chosen to solve organizational problems, and to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace. This requires not only excellent analytical abilities, but also above-average people skills.
4. Drives for results
Some people are happy to sit back and watch the world go by, while others aren’t unless they are making things happen in their organizations. Great leaders have a higher level of perseverance, stick-to-itiveness, and drive than most anyone else, and they can be counted on to get things done.
5. Communicates powerfully and prolifically
Great leaders communicate with their people often, and in a variety of different ways. Whether it’s by means of one-on-one conversations, team meetings, blog posts, email messages, phone or Skype calls, or any other such medium, leaders don’t talk about communicating–they just do it.
However, these skills can not be achieved overnight–it takes years and years of practice. How about you? Are you up to this challenge? Let us know in the comments below.
If you’re curious for more tips, read the full article at the Inc website.