What makes a good leader? Many leaders are competent, but few qualify as remarkable.
There are different characteristics needed to become an authentic leader. Here I wish to elaborate five “I’s “of true leadership.
True leaders demonstrate initiative. They don’t sit on the sidelines. Leaders understand that you have to find new paths and creative modes in order to accomplish targets and objectives. Leaders put their first foot forward so that others can follow by example. Truly lead by example. A real leadership trait that makes the individual stand out from the crowd is initiative.
Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions – Bo Bennett
Core of integrity is truthfulness. It is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, principles, expectations and outcomes. Trust is a inherit point of leadership. Team members have to trust that leadership is serving everyone’s best interest and leadership has to trust that team members are fulfilling their responsibilities. Great leaders lead with integrity, honesty and values. By taking on this rule, leaders invoke trust and respect from their team.
Truthfulness is the foundation of quality of the trust that is necessary for the success of any business.
The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity – Dwight D.Eisenhower
Authentic leaders have insight. A great leader must have quality insight into his / her organization. You have to understand the smaller tasks that make up the larger job. You have to anticipate the barriers you could face. Leaders need wisdom and discernment. Leaders constantly gather people insights in order to understand the landscape of their business, make strategic decisions, and also communicate effectively.
All in all, you need to understand the mission of your organization, from the smallest detail to the largest and broader picture.
There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight – Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
This comes in all forms – such as emotional, social and intellectual intelligence. Intelligence is something that can be difficult to develop. The road toward becoming more intelligent is difficult, long and can’t be completed without investing considerable time. Developing intelligence is a life style choice. To develop intelligence you need to commit to continual learning – both formally and informally.
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change – Albert Einstein
Inspirational leader feels passionately about the vision and mission of the organization. Inspirational leader listens to the people in her organization. Talking to people about your passion is not enough, must allow the ideas and thoughts of your staff to help from the vision and mission, or minimally the goals and action.
Inspiring leaders have high energy and they are uplifting. They are offer quiet good at motivating people
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quiney Adams
I believe these five specific characteristics can guide you to become a true and authentic leader. Best wishes !
Author : Liven Varghese
IT Strategist | Technology Leader | Digital Enthusiast | Inspiring Leader