A great leader always maintains a careful balance of attitudes. This simple truth explains why some leaders are infinitely more effective than others. All natural leaders possess three basic qualities that enable them to lead successfully.
The first quality is enthusiasm. Whether it’s having enthusiasm for an organization, a team or a goal, an effective leader always upholds an enthusiastic attitude. This passion directly translates to an enhanced experience for team members, who will feel that their work is essential and appreciated.
The second quality is organization. No matter how much passion a leader displays, it will ultimately go to waste if the leader cannot effectively manage the team. This can apply to everything from prompt email responses to well-planned meeting schedules. It permeates every aspect of team morale. If someone knows you won’t bother to read and file away their work appropriately, they’ll be much less likely to complete it.
The third quality is consideration. No matter how tight deadlines may be, a leader understands that every team member has a life outside of the team. Being firm, yet understanding garners an atmosphere of respect and gratefulness. If you are approachable, a team member will feel more comfortable being honest with you when something interferes with their work and respect you enough to perform when necessary.
While these are just baseline qualities of effective leadership, they represent a mindset that inevitably results in a more motivated, results-oriented team. If at all possible, a leader should reconcile all of these traits with an informed vision. To plan for the future, a leader must understand the present—this means learning all that you can about your organization, your position and your goals. Without that vital first step, it’s like starting the cliché metaphoric road trip without Google Maps.
The first step in becoming a more influential leader is recognizing the magnitude and flexibility of your position. If you’re reading this, you’re already taking steps in the right direction.
--by Katie Gatti, PRSSA General Member
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