Leadership is something we talk about all the time, but it is not easy to find. The business world is full of gifted and talented people, but not all of those people are equipped for leadership.
So, what are some of the qualities needed for those wanting to take on a leadership role within their business?
To build a competent and capable team within your organization, a good leader will have a particular skill set. Here are some of the most profitable skills and characteristics of leadership to take your business further.
Knowing who to hire
A good leader is someone who knows how to find the right kind of talent. Leadership requires an eye for a compatible and skillful workforce.
The talent required will obviously vary from person to person. Perhaps they don't have all the technical skills that you would like but what they do have is a steady and reliable commitment to their work.
A good leader will know how to make distinctions when hiring and recruiting a workforce for the organization. Hiring a freelancer to do a short term project for you, for example, might mean finding someone who has excellent writing skills.
But, if that person turns out to be unreliable or unable to meet deadlines, that person becomes a liability to your work and your leadership.
On the other hand, there are going to be times when you have the time to help train up a sincere and dedicated worker. They may need help with writing and reporting, but their dedication and reliability make them an asset worth investing in.
The time investment here may prove valuable in establishing a long term team for your business. Good leaders know how to prioritize both their time and the investment of time in their team.
The ability to build trust within a team is one of the hallmarks of good leadership.
Being in charge is not what makes you a leader. A leader is someone who knows how to communicate and work alongside a team of colleagues in a way that engenders trust and confidence.
Trust is built by honest communication. Trust is built by reliable and clear goal setting that does not change every other day of the week.
If your workforce does not trust you they will not work for you; they will be working for themselves. The bottom line with trust is this: Some people engender trust straight away and some people don't.
Trust is one of those characteristics that you cannot really develop for yourself. You are either trustworthy or you are not.
Empowering available talent
A good leader will accept the gifts of the workforce he has inherited, and he will know how to utilize those talents for the benefit of both a business himself and his employees.
We don't always get to choose our workforce. You don't always have time to endlessly hunt down the best marketer or the best accountant, or the best designer. A good leader is not a perfectionist. He knows perfectionism only leads to an anxious and tense workplace. Instead, a good leader knows how to measure his own strengths and weaknesses and how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of others.
Sometimes you take on a team that you didn't choose.
A real leader knows how to work with what he's got. He knows how to motivate and encourage his team in a way that not only brings job satisfaction to himself and the team but also move the organization forward.
An even temperament
Finally, a good leader is someone with an even temperament. They know how to handle conflict and how to avoid it. Mike Nudelman, writing for Business Insider about the leadership qualities of Marcus Aurelius says:
'While it is natural to react to an offense by losing your temper or even becoming irritated, it is in no way constructive. To maintain control over your emotions, Marcus writes, remember that life is short.'
Leadership demands an ability to take responsibility for planning and to control yourself in delivering those plans. But things don't always go according to the plan.
What do you do when things don't go according to plan? Are you the kind of leader who flips out when deadlines I missed? Are you the kind of businessman or businesswoman who always sees the glass half empty?
Successful leadership knows how to ride the bump and grind of daily business alongside his workers. Successful leadership does not lord it over his staff but knows how to pull up alongside them.