Ever since I entered college, I’ve been made continually aware of how important it is to develop good leadership skills. And now that I’ve begun volunteering on the leadership board at my church, I’m always reminded of the integral role that effective leadership plays in making an organization successful. With that thought in mind, I think it’s important for individuals who are planning to become leaders to understand what types of character traits and values they should cultivate in order to accomplish their goals. Here are three:
Although broadly defined, courage can be accurately identified as a quality of spirit or mind that enables an individual to face pain, danger, difficulty, or any other extenuating circumstance that poses significant threat or induces fear. It is important for leaders to have courage for several reasons, including the fact that they are often required or motivated to pursue goals that entail encounters in the realm of the unfamiliar. When grappling with the unfamiliar-whether it be a person, place, or thing-we as humans have the proclivity to run in the other direction out of fear that we won’t be successful in our ventures. Yet the courageous leader recognizes the potential for failure or embarrassment that might result from dealing with the unfamiliar and chooses to move forward into new territory anyway. In so doing, she or he increases the likelihood that personal and professional growth will transpire while also setting a great example for the entire organizational team.
Although I am certainly not a rigid person and actually enjoy having my basic beliefs challenged, I also recognize the power and importance of having convictions. In short, a conviction is a fixed or firm belief about something. When leaders have convictions, they’re able to walk in a dimension of sincerity and single-mindedness that team members often find motivating and mobilizing. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that people who have their minds settled on an ideology or purpose can move forward with confidence when realizing a vision. So if you want your team members to follow you, be sure that your ideas-and the ideologies that gave them shape and form-are clear and settled in your own mind.
Having competence means that one has sufficient or suitable knowledge, skill, or experience in a specific area. Although leaders are not expected to know everything about everything or hold eight degrees, being able to do a variety of tasks with excellence and efficiency is very valuable. This is why it is important for leaders to have good speaking and writing skills. Additionally, it’s a great idea for leaders to develop social media skills and stay up to date with various other contemporary modes of communication and networking that can move their organization forward.
Although being a leader can be both personally and professionally rewarding, people who take the task seriously must know that they should be continually developing the type of leadership traits that can help advance their organization. In examining the list outlined above, I hope you can identify some areas in your life that you can improve upon so that you can make the most of your potential. Good luck! :)
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