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I believe in three major concepts when it comes to leadership. First and first, everyone, whether in a company, a family, a sports team, a community organization, a church, a synagogue, a mosque, or a book club, is a leader in some capacity. I believe that many individuals are unaware of their unique leadership position and hence lose out on opportunities to influence how others behave. The second thing I’m certain of is that everyone has to continue to improve their leadership abilities. Even though it might be difficult to set aside regular time to build and master leadership abilities, it is a crucial discipline for long-term success and achievement. Finally, I believe that leadership qualities can be improved by training and practice, implying that we can all improve our leadership abilities. On top of these qualities, I believe that integrity, delegation and effective communication are the most important characteristics of a leader.
Integrity is among the most important characteristics of a leader. It ought to go without saying how important it is to have a trustworthy reputation. Integrity is an essential characteristic of a leader, and this is true for both the person and the organization, despite the fact that it is not always a factor in how employees are regarded. It is essential for top-level executives since they are the ones responsible for selecting the direction the business will go in as well as making a number of other important decisions. According to the findings of Bell (2013), businesses may have a blind spot when it comes to being honest. Therefore, leaders must make it a priority to ensure that their style at all levels of an organization is cognizant and makes use of the significance of maintaining integrity and being honest.
The second most important characteristic of a leader, in my own assessment, is the ability to delegate. One of the most important roles of a leader is to delegate work to their followers, even if doing so successfully might be challenging. It is not just about allowing oneself more time; it is also about aiding one’s direct reports in moving forward, developing their ability to interact with others, having greater autonomy, and making better judgements (Badjie, 2021). The best leaders cultivate a culture of trust among their teams so that they may more effectively transfer responsibilities to their subordinates. When you delegate responsibilities to others, your team will feel more in control, and you, as a leader, will earn their trust and assist them in their professional development. A leader learns how to choose the individuals who are most qualified to complete certain jobs or projects. Despite the many and obvious advantages of delegation, many managers still struggle to delegate effectively. There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding delegating work, which may cause some leaders to be reluctant to delegate work to others. As a result, being able to assign responsibilities effectively is a crucial ability.
Despite being the third character trait, being an effective communicator is perhaps the most important characteristic of a leader. Being a competent leader and being able to communicate effectively are inextricably linked. The finest leaders are excellent communicators who can convey their message in a number of ways, including educating others, motivating them, and offering guidance to their direct reports. You must also be able to listen to and converse with a varied set of individuals who have various occupations, reside in various locations, have various social identities, and so on. The effectiveness of your business strategy is also heavily influenced by how effectively and often executives from various departments communicate with one another. Iordanoglou (2018) encourages leaders to learn how improved communication and more engaging interactions may significantly enhance your company’s culture. Being able to connect with people on a variety of levels is essential for effective communication and leadership. You must be able to relate to others and recognize yourself in them in order to connect with them. Finding common ground, communicating clearly, piquing people’s attention, getting them enthused, and being true to ourselves all help us connect with others more effectively. When it’s appropriate, a skilled communicator makes choices publicly and collaboratively, provides honest criticism, and often compliments others’ efforts. We must take an active part in the interaction if we want to develop our ability to communicate with one another. This entails ensuring that the environment is free of distractions, being truthful, and accepting responsibility for the message.
In summary, leadership is all about motivating people to be the best version of oneself and to be productive in their role. Therefore, I believe that being able to delegate well, being an effective communicator, and having integrity are the most important qualities that leaders have. These qualities allow leadership to be easier, effective, and inspirational to others.
Badjie, G. (2021). Leadership should or should not delegate communication?(a systematic literature review: the art of delegation). Eksis: Jurnal Riset Ekonomi Dan Bisnis, 15(2), 67-78.
Bell, R. M. (2013). Charismatic leadership case study with Ronald Reagan as exemplar. Emerging Leadership Journeys, 65(1), 83-91.
Iordanoglou, D. (2018). Future Trends in Leadership Development Practices and the Crucial Leadership Skills. Journal of Leadership, Accountability & Ethics, 15(2).