“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Why most businesses don’t succeed is because the founders fail to take charge and hold themselves accountable.
The ability to always take charge and direct effectively is, an essential ingredient that leads to the growth of a start-up and this is where leadership qualities are, highly needed.
Identifying a true leader is not far-fetched and leadership can, easily, be identified, even, in kids, especially, when they are among their peers.
This article is not about identifying types of leadership, but rather, it seeks to clarify qualities that sum up the term, “Leadership”.
Not all leaders have leadership qualities.
Some are born with it, while others learn it.
“A leader is one, who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell
Below are 5 great qualities that sum up leadership:
High Level Of Professionalism
One core leadership quality has to do with the level of professionalism, in relation to passion and commitment.
A leader’s primary job is, not, only, to stay motivated, but, also, to move their followers and keep them motivated enough, to keep churning out positive results.
Good start-ups are the ones that are well motivated, they are passionate and committed, in all their dealings.
“Only one, who devotes himself to a cause, with his whole strength and soul, can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person” – Albert Einstein.
Competence In Management
Great leaders, are always competent, in all their dealings.
Although there are some followers that are, also, competent, in all they do, the level of their competence, relies on, how the leader is, able to galvanize, motivate and push them forward.
“Management is, doing things right; leadership is doing the right things” – Peter Drucker
The ability to communicate and chart out strategies for attaining all your goals, vision and aspirations, to your team, in an effective way, will only lead to the growth of your organization.
Effective communication ensures that everyone is settled and focused because they now understand what is expected of them and what they need to do.
Start-ups should communicate effectively, what they want the team to do, as this will go a long way, in ensuring how far the start-up will go.
“The art of communication is, the language of leadership” — James Humes
Sometimes, the true test of a leader rests on how he/she is, able to make certain decisions.
The decision may be favorable and sometimes, unfavorable, but the end product of the decision is, what really matters.
Start-ups ability, to make great decisions, is one quality that, great leaders must possess.
It is, highly, essential.
“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision” ― Peter F. Drucker
Delegation And Empowerment
A leader understands the power of teamwork and he/she maximizes it, to the fullest.
Your role, as the leader, is to motivate your followers, which will ensure their growth.
One sure way of doing so is, through delegation of duties and empowerment.
Share duties and monitor their progress and you will be surprised at, how fast they will grow.
“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate” – John C. Maxwell.
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