A study by CareerBuilder.com showed that 58 percent of managers admitted they didn’t receive any management training.
Basically, most managers in the workplace were promoted because they were good at their jobs, and not necessarily good at leading people to be better.
This statistic, while reflective of the rewards of a great work ethic, reveals that our workplaces are managed by untrained “leaders”.
If you are one of those lucky managers, congratulations on your promotion. But, here’s one question; why should people follow your lead? What sets you apart as a leader? If you’re not sure how to answer these questions, it’s alright. We have outlined four traits you need to possess to set you apart as a leader that people would follow. If you lack any of these qualities, you can take the appropriate measures to ensure you become the right leader.
According to Forbes, here are four traits of a leader people would follow:
There is a popular saying that every good leader is a servant and we cannot help but agree. Leadership demands that you put people first. To be a leader people would follow, you must pay attention to those who are under your watch. As much as possible, put yourself in their shoes, especially when they are experiencing certain issues. Doing this establishes an unbreakable bond between you and your followers as they would be appreciative of your ability to see them as individuals and equals. This does not mean you should not be firm when the need arises, it only means you should see them as people too.
2. Genuine passion for work
If you want an unshakeable dedication to work from the members of your team, you must make sure that they see a genuine passion for work in you. This would help set the tone for whatever projects you would work on as they would understand that you have set a certain standard for work and anything below that is a disappointing performance. For example, people who worked with Elon Musk on his SpaceX project admitted that the true driver behind the success of the project was Musk’s enthusiasm for space travel. Hence, you have to drive enthusiasm for your followers.
3. Good communication skills
As a leader, you can not shy away from communicating with your team, and you must do it well. Else, you risk losing your audience. Good leaders must motivate, instruct and discipline the people they oversee. If they are unable to do this, their projects would suffer as poor communication can lead to poor outcomes. Thus, you must take practical steps to improve both your verbal and non-verbal communication styles. Listening to your team is also an important part of communication.
The position of leadership demands that you take ‘hard’ decisions every now and then. Decision making goes beyond simply saying, “this is what we are going to do”, it also requires you to deal with the consequences of your decision, no matter what they may be. So, you should be able to insist on your decision even though there may be nay-sayers and if your choice does not yield the expected results, be ready to deal with it.
In conclusion, the leadership role demands a lot from you, and you must be ready to receive whatever blow it deals. These four requirements as shared by Forbes will set you on mastering the art of leadership.
Now, you must work on learning these qualities to set yourself apart to be the leader your followers need you to be.