Whenever someone talks about good leadership traits, we immediately think about things like charisma, communications skills, delegation, and leading by example.
While those skills are important, there are some other significant traits that get completely lost. Let's see what those are.
We've moved away from the rigidly hierarchical structures of the past decades. Employees aren't hesitant to reach out to their leaders anymore. Open-door policies are not only redundant, but they can also be extremely distracting.
Great leaders understand that and do not have an open-door policy anymore. They do that to protect their and their team's focus and to help them become independent.
They set up great processes and protocols to enhance communication instead.
They prioritize long-term gains over short-term wins even if that is unpopular and causes immediate pain. They do that because they realize that it takes time to achieve key results.
The pursuit of short-term gains can harm your long-term strategy. Winning, in the long run, requires letting go of short-term jumps.
Good leaders know that unless their team members get better than what they were yesterday, they won’t achieve the higher goals set today. And if they aren’t achieving higher goals each year, they are stagnating.
These leaders work with their team members to help them achieve personal growth along with professional growth. Both of these are independent and they won't be able to succeed at work without improving every day.
No one is perfect or bereft of weaknesses. Great leaders know that.
They don't shy away from that and are quite upfront in admitting those. They do that to make their team aware and, more importantly, have their team members complement them and fill those gaps collectively as a unit.
Good leaders focus on setting winning processes and pursue superlative execution. They understand that if these are set right, results are bound to follow.
They understand that if results are not up to the mark, even if the execution is spot on, it is their responsibility, more than their team members, to get it right.
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