Effective leaders inspire. Leaders of this nature don’t set out on a mission to be inspiring, it just happens because of who they are. Inspiring is a state of being. An inspirational leader will want you to be the best version of who you are. They’re not worried about recognition because the focus is on serving others.
So then, what qualities draw you to certain leaders?
5 Characteristics That Take the Cake in Leadership
It’s nearly impossible to respect, value, and admire great leadership if you can’t identify what makes a leader great. According to Entrepreneur, there are 22 qualities that make a great leader. I’ve chosen five traits that resonate and emulate the definition of greatness.
When I see other women in a leadership role stumble, admit failure, and expose themselves to the events and stories that help shape who they are, this unveils appreciation. This quality redefines relatability. Because when you hear the heartache and struggle, it becomes real. Transparent leaders have solid relationships built on their integrity and character.
Doing the right thing is easy ... said no one ever. Integrity is one of the most important traits of leadership. People will not follow someone unless they trust them. And trust is earned. Leaders who practice what they preach, follow through on commitments, and make decisions with conviction are the epitome of this value.
I’m talking about those people who have curiosity and a fire in their belly to do work that doesn’t feel like work. Passionate leaders care deeply.
“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” - Dolly Parton
I love the raw beauty of imperfection. One of the most desirable qualities of a leader is when they admit failure openly and honestly. Authentic leaders lead from the heart. They’re genuine and do not act one way behind closed doors and another in public. According to an article in the Huffington Post, authenticity is the new gold standard for leadership.
The balancing act of saying the right thing at the right time. I’m a firm believer you don’t need a fancy degree or title to be an effective communicator. Words are all about how they’re delivered. Effective leaders say more with less. They encourage us to look within instead of giving us the answer.
Seek the Sprinkles on Your Cake
Consider these characteristics as you look for inspiration. Take note of the qualities that inspire you. There are opportunities everywhere: in a coffee shop, at a conference, in a meeting, or the check-out line at Target. Leaders who are deliberate and intentional will always be successful.