Three Traits Shared By Leaders
One of the most common characteristic that people either aspire to have or continually work on is that of leadership. From the locker room to the board room, good leaders have a way of inspiring their teams to work towards a common goal.
A common characteristic that goes hand-in-hand with leadership is courage. In times of stress and anxiety, good leaders will have the courage to take action even though there is uncertainty surrounding the outcome. Win or lose, courageous leaders embody various traits that they exhibit in the face of uncertainty.
According to bestselling author and international speaker, Margie Warrell, “real leadership is not limited to those with Ivy MBA’s and impressive resumes, it’s available to anyone with the courage to act with it.” She has seven hallmarks that brave leaders embody, that if followed can make anyone into a leader. You can read her entire article here.
Brave Leaders Extend Trust
When someone in a leadership role has trust in his or her colleagues and subordinates, it instills a sense of confidence in the team that they are capable of performing tasks. A good leader is not a micromanager. In fact, that micromanaging instills a sense of distrust in fellow workers because they feel that they are not good enough to get the job done.
If you are to delegate tasks to your team, it is a way of extending trust. According to Warrell, research has found that people generally rise to the level of expectation placed on them. If you weren’t confident that they could get the job done, you probably wouldn’t have hired them in the first place, right? “So don’t let the fear that people won’t do as good a job as you or that they might mess up and make you look bad, keep you from empowering them with trust,” says Warrell.
Brave Leaders Are Decisive Amid Ambiguity
A common fear among people, both at work in in their personal lives, is that of the unknown. Leaders make bold calls because, “they know that waiting until they have absolute certainty and can mitigate all risk requires waiting too long.” A key trait that goes hand and hand with this one is adaptability. Even though they make the best call according to their judgement, if it is the wrong call, they own up to it and change course. Many people are very indecisive and wait to make a decision until they do all their homework and run it by people; they fear that they will make the wrong one so might end up not making one at all. When leading a team, your teammates rely on you to make the decision, so being able to decide amid ambiguity is a good trait to have.
Brave Leaders Seek Out Dissenters
Being a leader of a team, or of a company (CEO, etc.), it would be easy to surround yourself with people who are willing to agree with you on anything given your status with the organization. If someone disagreed with you, you could replace them with someone who doesn’t. A good leader, however, does the opposite. Instead of surrounding him or herself with people who will roll over and agree with everything (a “yes man/woman”), a leader finds people who will challenge his or her way of thinking and provide alternate viewpoints in order to broaden his or her perspective.
While some people are simply born good leaders, others in leadership roles need to constantly work on their skills. As Warrell said, [leadership] is available to anyone with the courage to act with it. By embracing the hallmarks of a courageous leader, you too can inspire and lead your team to success.