What are your expectations of a leader? What characteristics make a leader effective? Is it their honesty, charisma, knowledge, determination, communication skills, and fairness?
I’m sure we could all list a myriad of characteristics that would influence our perception of a leader’s effectiveness, and any of those attributes implemented successfully may accurately define that leader. In my experiences as a leader in the military, the corporate world, running my own business, service to the community, and most important, my family, I have recognized four common characteristics that are inherent in the results of effective leadership. They are:
1. A solidification of trust is generated within the entity being led, producing positive and constructive levels of communication.
2. An increase in loyalty to the leader, and dedication to the mission, vision, and the core values that embody the entity we are leading.
3. An ability to produce greater motivation among followers to execute the process in achieving the objective.
4. An aptitude to establish consistent professional conduct, resulting in mutual respect and dedication among those being led.
We all set an example to others on a daily basis, and the effectiveness of that example is a direct result of the approach stated above. To lead is an honored opportunity to have bestowed upon any individual, but with it comes the responsibility of leadership and the aftermath of the leader’s efforts. During the process of leading those we are responsible for, it takes enormous personal strength to take accountability for the mistakes made and tremendous humility when success is achieved. Be a leader of principle, strength, and competence, but most important, be a leader of honesty and moral fortitude. There is No Excuse!