March 3, 2017 Meredtih Kessler

What Makes a Great leader?

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They say ‘a good leader is a good follower,’ but it seems there may be more to leadership than knowing how it is to be a follower because things change all of the time and these days, they do tend to change quite a lot and very fast.

With that said, being a leader means you have to keep up with these changes and make sure that you are leading your people to the right direction and that they know that you are doing just that. It’s hard enough to trust your instincts sometimes and far harder to trust somebody’s that it is certain important traits are possessed by not just a good leader but someone who would like to be one someday. Although every person is different from the next, there are certain qualities that a great leader should possess if he or she wants to ensure the success of the team or the company.

Intuitiveness or having a vision is only one or the many qualities that a leader should have. This is particularly the case for someone who may be new at the job or is starting out a business for the first time. More often than not, you will find yourself in unfamiliar territory, and this is where you are expected to rise to the challenge and show everyone that you have what it takes to get them through. Even for experienced people, intuition would often spell the difference between a failed or successful project or venture because unless you’re from the future where you know exactly what’s going to happen and how everything is going to play out, you’re pretty much in the same place as everyone is. You know and feel if something is right or you can look and one thing and realize that it may be a problem in the future. The point is you are aware that your decisions will affect everything and everyone hence you make them carefully and you take all the factors in, listen to your gut and balance things out. As a result, you are confident in your choices and can stand behind them and your team no matter what comes.

Humble is a learned trait:  Great leaders are also known to be humble and able to accept their mistakes and most of all, take responsibility for any mishaps whether or not it is directly a result of their action or one of their subordinates. It’s easy to take credit for a job well done, a good outcome or the team’s hard work and praise everyone for their efforts but the world is not perfect, and sometimes, no matter how hard you’ve worked, you just couldn’t produce the results that you have thought you could. It could be somebody’s or nobody’s fault, but in the end, you are just as responsible as everyone is on the team and maybe even more. These are the times when people will look at you and see if they had indeed worked with a great boss or someone who simply is in it for the laurels and not because they genuinely want to help people. Individuals are expecting you to be there and lead them to success or at the very least, to be present whether the results are favorable or bad. If it’s good, then that’s great, but if it’s bad, then it’s time for more work and some improvements.

The ability to overcome adversity:  Adversity is a daily occurance for  most of us, it may come in a small arugment with a child before work to a co-worker who isnt a team player to a boss who has an a desire to put people down.  Regardless of the cause of adversity, the ability to perseverance is a skill that we all must mater.  Perseverance is not for the faint of heart. It takes total dedication to follow through despite the inherent obstacles, failures you will encounter and the discouragement that you may hear from family, friends, and others. Giving up is easy, but pushing through the obstacles that lie in your path can be tough. Failures are often the keys to success if you are willing to learn from them.

A single event or series of events that impedes your forward progress is a setback. Setbacks are one-time, one-of-a-kind occurrences that may leave you wondering what purpose your work is intended. Setbacks may not exactly defeat you, but they may cause you to pull back and regroup.

Being a leader may mean many and different things to people, but at the end of the day:

a great leader is someone who is present and will be there to support every team member or anybody in the company who needs help to do their job well. A leader is someone whom people can look to at all times to know if they are going in the right direction.

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