Everyone’s made up of different character traits and for the most part, that’s OK. The world would be a dull place otherwise. But if you have ambitions to run a successful business, be aware that all good leaders share a few crucial qualities in common.
Likes to talk
If you delve into any successful business you’ll find they all share one thing in common; they value collaboration and it always comes hand-in-hand with a workplace culture that encourages it. But it starts at the top. A boss should take every opportunity to give their keyboard a break, stretch the legs and engage in real discussion. Perhaps they’ll even put some policies in place to minimise email use; either way, they always lead by example.
When things are going well – sure – a good boss should crack open the wine and make sure everyone enjoys the moment, but business leaders can’t afford to wallow in the moment for too long. They know how to enjoy the good times while keeping an ear firmly to the ground for what lies ahead. It’s a rapidly changing world out there.
Actually does things
As a thought leader you’ll have to come up with plenty of ideas, but there’s no point in being an “ideas person” if you don’t have the gumption to follow through. Of course, not everything will be a success, but business will quickly stagnate if you don’t innovate and try new things.
This is a really important one, because no single person can come up with all the answers no matter how high up the chain you are. A savvy boss will know exactly how to make good use of the talent they’ve acquired and encourage ideas generation amongst their team. And it shouldn’t stop at that. These leaders will ensure they’ve put processes in place to ensure all ideas are heard at the top.
When the excrement hits the fan someone has to clean up the mess and, usually, it’ll end up at the boss’ feet. After all, they have a vested interest in the success of the business. Not to mention unhappy clients or customers, they’ll always want to hear it from the person at the top.
Holding a leadership position can be a hard one to balance. While assertiveness and decisiveness are key components to good, strong leadership – they’ll have to make sure they don’t scare off their team in the process. It’s imperative that other members of the business feel they can share anything, at any time – otherwise – it’s highly likely that at some point the boss will end up missing something with disastrous consequences. Everyone’s heard of the open-door policy.