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https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyanderson/2015/03/01/the-characteristics-of-a-true-leader/

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The Characteristics Of A True Leader
Every one of us is a leader in our own right. Whether we lead an entire company, or a team of people, or a group of friends, or our families, or just ourselves...we are all leaders in some form or fashion. Whatever size our circle of influence may be today, [...]

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True leaders know who they are

They know their values and the rules they will abide by, regardless of the circumstances they face.

They communicate their values with the people they lead, creating an atmosphere of trust.

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True leaders have integrity

True leaders work right alongside the people they lead in order to get to know them.  Working with people allows leaders to inspire their team.

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True leaders listen

They are willing to hear what others have to say without judgment. They are patient and desire to understand the people they lead.

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True leaders communicate openly

True leaders take the time to communicate often with their team in order to show that their team is valued and important to them.

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True leaders inspire

True leaders understand that employees cannot grow until they are given the freedom to make choices, to try things, and to make a few mistakes so they can learn from those and improve.

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True leaders delegate

True leaders understand that delegating important and specific tasks to their people allows for growth.

They have the courage to direct people in the work that needs to get accomp...

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Keeping things in perspective

True leaders don’t rush into making short term decisions without considering the future.

They keep a long-term view in their approach, that will benefit the organization and the people.

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Authentic leadership

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Components of Authentic Leadership

  • Self-Awareness: be aware of your trengths, weaknesses, and values and displaying them to your team.
  • Relational Transparency: remain genuine, straightforward, and honest with your team. Display the behavior you hope to see in your employees.
  • Balanced Processing: stick to your values when making decisions, but remain open to discussions and alternatve options.
  • Doing the right thing: focus on doing the right thing for the long-term success of the business, not yours.

3 ways to practie self-awareness as a leader

  • Seek feedback from the environment;
  • Use self-reflection to better understand your behavior;
  • Practice regular self-observation to stay aware of your feelings at all times.
  • Lead with ethics

    True leaders are proof you can do well by doing right. 

    Their ethics are etched in their very being, as natural impulses that never go out of style.

    Lead by example

    True leaders don’t expect others to do anything they aren’t willing to do themselves.

    Their leadership comes from their actions.

    Lead with fairness

    True leaders rise above their own prejudices and treat everyone equally.

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